§ MR. LYON PLAYFAIR
asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether the terms used in Lord Salisbury's Despatch of 24th February 1876, to the Governor General of India in Council, viz., that selected candidates for 474 the Indian Civil Service are to be paid an annual allowance of £150 if they pass two years of their probation—At some University (to be approved beforehand by the Secretary of State) at which moral responsibility for the conduct of the students is undertaken, and rules of discipline are enforced,will exclude the Colleges of the London University, such as King's College, University College, and Owen's College, Manchester, and the Colleges and Universities of Ireland and Scotland, as these do not enforce collegiate residence, though they undertake intramural moral responsibility for the conduct of students, and enforce rules of discipline; and, if so, whether a practical monopoly is thus given to Oxford and Cambridge?
§ LORD GEORGE HAMILTON
, in reply, said, it was certainly not the intention of the Secretary of State to give any practical monopoly to Oxford and Cambridge, provided the other Universities undertook moral responsibility for the conduct of students and enforced rules of discipline, nor did he think the words used conveyed any such wish. The Secretary of State desired to give those words a liberal interpretation. The scheme, however, would not come into operation until July, 1878.