When Forster was reproached with having failed to bring forward a measure likely to endure for at least twenty years, he replied that he would be content even if modifications became necessary ‘within two or three years’ (Hansard, CCIII, 759). The League, the Central Nonconformist Committee and the Union stayed in being to continue the struggle, it being generally felt that since the state had failed to produce an acceptable settlement, the final outcome would depend largely on the interpretation and working of the Act.