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Preservation Of Irish Antiquities—Gaelic Manuscripts

Volume 221: debated on Thursday 30 July 1874

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asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether he will be able to fulfil the hope held out by him early in the Session, that the recently suspended yearly grant towards the expenses of translating important Gaelic Manuscripts in Ireland might be resumed?

, in reply, said, he had directed communications to be made to the Master of the Rolls in Ireland and several leading Irish scholars on the subject, and he found that although they recommended that the Annals of Ulster should be the next matter for consideration, yet the general opinion was that as a preliminary to any further translation, the compilation of a dictionary was the proper work to be undertaken. He had not as yet received replies to all the communications, especially not from one gentleman whose opinion was of great value, and who was absent in India, but when he had done so, he would have great pleasure in submitting the matter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who would give the proposal his best attention.

Church Patronage (Scotland) Bill—Question

asked the Government, Whether they would consent not to take the Church Patronage (Scotland) Bill after half-past 11 o'clock to-night? On the last occasion it was proceeded with between half-past 12 and half-past 3 o'clock in the morning, and many hon. Gentlemen were incapable of remaining in the House until that late hour.

We will bring the Bill on as early as we can; but it is impossible to tie ourselves to any particular time.

Labour Laws Commission


asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he is prepared to lay on the Table of the House the Report of the Commission on the Labour Laws, with the evidence taken before it?

, in reply, said, he understood from the Secretary that the Commission had not concluded its labours. It had, however, taken a considerable amount of evidence, which would be in his hands, he hoped, tomorrow, and it might be laid on the Table of the House immediately. He had also ascertained that the Commissioners had adjourned for some time—he could not say how long—and that their intention was to finish their inquiry so that they might be laid on the Table of the House at the commencement of next Session.

wished to know whether it was not true that the Commission stood adjourned to November next?

Endowed Schools Acts Amendment Bill—The New Commissioners

Personal Explanation

I wish, Sir, to inform the House of the names of the gentlemen who have been appointed to the vacant post of Endowed Schools Commissioners, and I hope I may be allowed to do so without waiting for the Order of the Day for the Third Beading of the Bill, lest I should be precluded from entering into any debate if it should occur. The additional Charity Commissioner is Mr. Longley, at present Chief Inspector of the Local Government Board in the Metropolitan District. The two Endowment Commissioners are—first of all, Canon Robinson, member of the former Commission, who will, therefore, be able to afford to the new Commission all that experience by which he is distinguished; and the second Commissioner is Lord Clinton, formerly, as Mr. Trefusis, a Member of the House, who has served Her Majesty as Under Secretary of State for India, and was one of the University Commission. As I am on my legs, perhaps I may be allowed to refer to a personal matter—not personal to myself, but to my noble Friend the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education (Viscount Sandon). A very precise statement has been made, visiting my noble Friend with what is called the responsibility of having devised and drawn up the Endowed Schools Acts Amendment Bill. There is not the slightest foundation for that statement. The Endowed Schools Bill was a Government measure; it was prepared by the Cabinet; the Cabinet are responsible for it, and they are not disposed to shrink from that responsibility. My noble Friend brought it forward at my desire as the organ of the Government, and on the principle which influences me in the management of the Business of this House—namely, that of giving the rising generation of statesmen every legitimate opportunity of distinguishing themselves.

Prince Leopold's Annuity Bill

( Mr. Disraeli.)

Bill 232 Third Reading

Order for Third Reading, read.

begged to assure the House that there was a strong and very general, and, as far as his own experience went, an unanimous feeling against the passing of measures of this kind. In his opinion, it was desirable in the interests of the nation, and, he might, per-haps add, in the interest of the Crown itself, that these repeated applications to the public purse for the maintenance of the Royal Family should by some means be put an end to.

Bill read the third time, and passed.

Endowed Schools Acts Amendment Bill Bill 228

( Viscount Sandon, Mr. Assheton Cross.)

Third Reading

Order for Third Reading, read.

, who had given Notice of an Amendment that this Bill should not be further proceeded with till the names of the new Commissioners were given to the House, said he would not persevere with it after the statement of the right hon. Gentleman at the head of the Government. He was gratified at the appointment of Canon Robinson; but he feared they had sustained a great loss in the appointment of the other two Commissioners.

Bill read the third time, and passed.