HL Deb 17 March 1882 vol 267 c1126

said, he wished to point out that some mistakes in dates had been printed in one or two of the newspapers in reference to his Motion for the second reading of this Bill. He intended to move the second reading on Thursday, the 23rd instant. In one paper it was suggested that the Bill would be withdrawn; but that would not be the case. He proposed the measure upon strong religious grounds; because he felt that Parliament should take care to prevent the introduction of Atheists into either House to take part in the legislation of the country. He should proceed with the Bill; and he trusted it would receive the support of noble Lords on the same grounds which had moved him to bring it in. He especially desired that the question should be kept free from Party feeling.