§ Amendment reported (according to order).1572
§ Clause 3 (Alterations in draft statutes for Cathedral establishments, &c.).
§ EARL BEAUCHAMP
, in moving an Amendment, limiting the power of revision of Cathedral Statutes conferred by the Bill upon the Privy Council, said, that when Statutes had been duly passed by Deans and Chapters all control over them passed to the Privy Council, which was given power to revise and alter the Statutes. By that means a Statute passed for one purpose by a Chapter might be so altered as to effect a purpose entirely different, and it was for the purpose of obviating that objection he now made this proposal.
In page 2, lines 16 and 17, to leave out ("in whole or in part and with such amendments as they may think requisite.")—(The Earl Beauchamp.)
THE BISHOP OF CARLISLE
said, that he was of opinion that it was desirable for the Privy Council to possess a power of amending Statutes submitted to them. There was no reason to suppose that that power would be exercised in a mischievous manner. It was taken for granted by the framers of the Bill that the Privy Council would act in friendly conjunction with the Dean and Chapter in the matter. He did not think that any principle was involved in the power of revision being intrusted to the Privy Council, rather than to the Deans and Chapters. Should the Amendment be carried, the Bill would not, however, be materially injured. As, however, he preferred the Bill as it was, he was not prepared to accept the Amendment.
§ On Question? Resolved in the negative.
§ Bill to be read 3a To-morrow.