HL Deb 06 August 1866 vol 184 cc2073-4

House in Committee (according to Order.)


expressed his regret that the provisions with respect to the visitation of children not belonging to the Established Church and their attendance at divine service had been left permissive in their character, because it had been found that in nine cases out of ten simple permission amounted practically to absolute prohibition, owing to the bigoted opposition to which those professing the Roman Catholic religion were exposed. He was consoled, however, by the assurance given by the Home Secretary that the whole question should be considered during the recess with a view to legislation next year, when he hoped that that which was now permissive would be made compulsory.

Bill reported, without Amendment; Amendments made: Bill to be read 3a To-morrow, and to be printed as amended.