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University Tests Bill—Question

Volume 203: debated on Monday 25 July 1870

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said, he would beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether he will be prepared to introduce a comprehensive University Tests Bill in the early part of next Session, so as to afford the Upper House enough time for deliberation?

I am afraid, Sir, my hon. Friend has framed his Question in such a manner as to imply that we have not afforded the Upper House sufficient time for deliberation on the present University Tests Bill. Now, I am not prepared to make that admission. The Bill which has gone to the House of Lords, so far as I am aware, is not definitively disposed of; and until it has been definitively disposed of, I think it will be better not to state anything on the part of the Government, being unwilling to abandon the hope that the Bill may still be destined to pass during the present Session.