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Volume 203: debated on Friday 29 July 1870

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Order for Committee read.

Bill considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Clauses 1 to 4, inclusive, agreed to.

Clause 5 (Householders' schedules to be left at dwelling houses).

said, he rose in the absence of his hon. Friend the Member for Peeblesshire (Sir Graham Montgomery) to move the insertion of the words of which he had given Notice. He would not detain the Committee at that hour of the morning by stating the reasons why he, in common with a very large number of the people of Scotland, desired that the Census about to be taken should contain this information. But he might say that the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland had expressed its strong desire that the religious profession of the people should be recorded, and he might express his regret that his right hon. Friend (Mr. Bruce), representing as he did a large and influential Scotch constituency, should not have adhered to the views which he believed he held, that this information should be recorded.

Amendment proposed, after the word "condition," to insert the words "religious profession,"—( Sir John Hay.)

Amendment negatived.

Remaining clauses agreed to.

Bill reported; as amended, to be considered upon Monday next.