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College Charter Act 1871

This brief Act required that charters for the foundation of colleges or universities were to be laid before Parliament.

The text of the College Charter Act 1871 was prepared by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 17 October 2019.


College Charter Act 1871

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CHAP. 63.

An Act to amend the Law respecting the granting of Charters in certain cases. [31st July 1871.]

WHEREAS it is expedient to provide that any charter which Her Majesty, after the passing of this Act, may be advised to grant for the foundation of any new college or new university shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament:

Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows :

Short title.

1. This Act may be cited for all purposes as "The College Charter Act, 1871."

Copy of college charter to be laid before Parliament.

2. A copy of any application for a charter for the foundation of any college or university, which, after the passing of this Act, may be referred by Her Majesty in Council for the consideration and report of any Committee of Her Majesty's Privy Council, shall, together with a copy of the draft of the charter applied for, be laid before both Houses of Parliament for a period of not less than thirty days before any such report shall be submitted to Her Majesty.

Definition of "college or university."

3. In this Act the expression "college or university" shall include any institution in the nature of a college or university.