HL Deb 02 August 1859 vol 155 cc843-4

asked the President of the Council whether he was in a position to give the House any additional information on the subject to which his noble Friend (the Earl of Derby) had called his attention on the previous evening—namely, the course which Her Majesty's Government proposed to take with reference to Bills which had not yet received a second reading in their Lordships' House.


said, there were as his noble Friend was aware, only two of those Bills on which any discussion was likely to arise. With one of them the Catholic Charities Bill, it was not the intention of the Government to proceed this Session. They would adopt the suggestion of his noble Friend (the Earl of Derby), and bring in a Continuance Bill, instead of asking their Lordships to discuss a permanent measure at this period of the Session. The other, the Endowed Schools Bill, was not a Government measure. The second reading was fixed for Thursday; and he should wait till he saw whether there was a prospect of any serious opposition being offered to it before he made any further statement with respect to the intentions of the Government.