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Appointment Of A Vice-Chancellor Bill

Volume 114: debated on Friday 7 March 1851

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The ATTORNEY GENERAL moved the Second Reading of this Bill.

said, he did not intend to oppose the Bill, the object of which was to repeal a clause in the Act of the 5th of the Queen, which prevented the appointment of a third Vice-Chancellor after the resignation of Sir James Wigram. If, unfortunately, the Vice-Chancellor to be appointed under this Act should die, or be obliged to resign, recourse must again be had to Parliament for a new Bill, for there could be no doubt that three Vice-Chancellors would be permanently required for the Court of Chancery.

said, that he intended to propose the introduction of a clause in the Committee which could not have been introduced in the House of Lords; and he did not apprehend, that if the Bill were passed, that it would be necessary to come to Parliament for another Bill in the case put by his hon. and learned Friend unless the last clause in the Bill were retained. That clause was introduced for the purpose of not interfering with any formal arrangements which might be made with respect to the Court of Chancery.

Bill read 2°, and committed for Monday next.

The House adjourned at a quarter before Nine o'clock till Monday next.