§ LORD RAVENSWORTH
said, that he had given a pledge on one occasion during the last Session of Parliament that, as it had been admitted upon all sides that some amendment was necessary in the law regulating the oaths administered to Members of Parliament, he would ask their Lordships to deal with the question in a comprehensive manner. But, since Her Majesty had been pleased to call attention to the subject in Her Speech, and as the Government had already given notice to consider the whole subject of the oath taken by Members of Parliament, he considered himself absolved from the engagement he had entered into. Still, he would say that, if the Government proposed a uniform oath for Members of all creeds, they would experience more difficulty than might at first sight be expected. He had given much attention to the subject, and would, of course, give all due consideration to the proposal of Her Majesty's Government when it should be laid before Parliament. He had been, from the moment of his first entrance into Parliament, an advocate for the removal of all religious disabilities, and his opinions upon that subject still remained unaltered; but he would venture upon that occasion to express a hope that the Government, in any new oath they might propose, would take care not to interfere with the authority and pre-eminence of the Established Church, or to derogate in any way from her position as the Church of this nation.