HL Deb 16 July 1840 vol 55 c759

The Earl of Devon moved the second reading of the Grammar Schools Bill.

The Bishop of Salisbury

had no other object in rising than to express his deep gratification that a bill should have come up from the other House of Parliament, and would shortly receive their Lordships' attention, having for its object to remedy existing evils of a very serious nature in these most important institutions. A large proportion of these schools had become extremely limited in the range of their utility, and, from the general scope of this bill, and the mode in which its provisions were shaped, it was extremely likely to meet with a general concurrence.

The Lord Chancellor

remarked, that the grievance was felt in all parts of the country, and that nothing but an Act of Parliament could prevent any attempt at improvement from being foiled by the continued existence of the old regulations.

Bill read a second time, and referred to a select committee.