§ Lord Wharncliffe laid on the Table, pursuant to order of the House, copies of any communications from or on behalf of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, to her Majesty's Government, respecting the disputes now subsisting between the ecclesiastical and civil courts in Scotland, and of the answers thereto.
said, since the answer which had lately been given in another place by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to a question put to 2 him respecting the intentions of Government as to legislation on the Scottish Church question, it had been confidently rumoured, that in consequence of subsequent events in Scotland, Ministers had changed their minds, and had now resolved to bring in a bill, making concessions to the Church on the matters in dispute between the ecclesiastical and civil courts. If there were no foundation for this report, it was of great importance that it should be corrected, for so long as it prevailed, it must have a most unfavourable tendency.
§ Lord Wharncliffe
said, he knew of no alteration in the intentions of Government since the occasion of which the noble and learned Lord spoke.