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. HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY.

HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY.

HOUSE OF LORDS.—TUESDAY.

HOUSE OF COMMONS.—TUESDAY.

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HOUSE OF COMMONS.âTUESDAY. The Speaker took the chair soon after 2 o'clock. CLOSING OF SCHOOLS THROUGH EPIDEMICS. Mr MUNDKLLA, in reply to Mr Rankin, ex- plained that under the j .-resent code the period during which a school was comptilsorily closed from fear of infectious diseases did not count as part of the school attendance, but the inspector might waive the examination oi a school which hassufferei from an epidemic, and his report should be taken into account as a special circum- stance in reference to the grant. THE COURSE OF BUSINESS. Sir C. DIJ.KE, in the absence of Mr Gladstone, moved that Government business have precedence at the evening sitting to-night and to-morrow. Sir S. NOBTHCOTE hoped it was understood that the motion applied to this week only. Sir C. DILKb: assented. Mr THEODORE FRY put in a plea fcr the Durham Sunday Closing Bill. Mr GLADSTONE said the Government were anxious to apportion the time the House might be disposed to give them in such a manner as would best conducj to the passage of the measures which they regarded as of the first importance, and. to the full discussion of matters in which the House was understood to feel the deepest interestâsuch, L1' instance, as the Trans- vaal question and the appointment of Major Baring. They hoped also that the time yet in haud would be sum- citnt to enable the House to .give a fair discussion of the questions remaining on the votes of supply but, at the same time, her Majesty's Government were desirous of pressing forward to a legislative conclusion the measures which they dteuied to be of vital importance, namely, the Corrupt Practices Bill and the Agricultural Holdings Bill, and he hoped the House would be content to sit patiently until these measures had been disposed of. The discussion was continued by Mr W. II, Smith, Mr Raikos, Mr E. Leatham, Mr Onslow, Mr Corbett, Mr Hubbard, Sir G. Camp- bell, Mr Warton, and Mr Labouchere. The motion was then put, and agreed to. THE CORRUPT PRACTICES BILL. The House went into committee on the Corrupt Practices Bill, resuming at clause 15, which pro- vides that the lure of a committee-room in a public-house, beer-shop, or other premises for the sale of intoxicating liquo.-s, shall be illegal. Mr STA»HOPE moved an amendment, the object of which was to permit the usfc of genuine clubs at elections. The ATTORNEY-GENERAL opposed, remarking that it would be impossible to draw a distinction between genuine clubs and spurious clubs. Mr W. H, SMITH failed to see how it would be possible to exclude genuine political clubs. Mr W. E. 1 OUSTER pointed out that the propo- sal with regard to tho exclusion of clubs would create considerable interference with the political clubs in the large towns. The discussion was continued by Mr Whit- bread, Mr Rylands, Mr C. Causfcon, Mr Baffour, Baroh do Worms, Mr Egerton, Mr Cavendish Bcntinck, Mr Lewis, and others, and on a division the amendment was negatived by 169 against 141. The ATTORNEY-GENERAL moved an amendment to add certain words, including in the operation of the clause all premises in which intoxicating liquor was sold or was supplied to members of a club, society, or association, other than a perma- nent political club. Lord R. CHURCHILL objected to the amend- ment being taken only a few minutes before the day sitting would have to be suspended, and moved that the chairman report progress. The ATTORNEY-GENERAL deprecated the motion, and urged that it should not be pressed. Lord H. CHURCHILL withdrew the motion, and the Attorney General's amendment was agreed to. Attention having been called to the state of the House, the House was counted, and a quorum found to he present, and the sitting was shortly afterwards suspended till nine o'clock. EVENING SITTING. At the evening sitting the House again went into committee on the Corrupt Practices Preven- tion Bill, the aiscussio.nof clause 15 being rcsum d. An amendment, proposed by the ATTORNEY- GENERAL, with the object of including in the operation of the clause against illegally hiring any premises wherein refreshments tA any kind, whether food or drink, were sold for consumption on the premises, was, after a short discussion, agreed to. On the motion that the clause as amended should stand as part of the bill, a discussion took place, carried on by Mr Lew js, Lord R. Churchill, Mr C-owen, Mr Whitley, .Mr Warton, Colonel Alexander, Mr Gorst, Mr Grantham, Lord Folkestone, Mr Onslow, and Sir H. D. Wolff. Sir H. D. WOLFF moved that the Chairman report progress. Sir S. NOKTHCOI'E hoped the hon. bart. would not press the motion. Mr CHAPLIN expressed a hope that the motion for progress would not be pressed. After some further discussion, the motion to re- port progress was negatived without a division; and when the committee divided on the question that the clause, as amended, stand part of the bill, the result was as follows :âFor the clause, 146; against, 111. The House adjourned at 1.30 o'clock. o

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