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HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY.

HOUSE OF LORDS.—TUESDAY.

HOUSE OF COMMONS.—TUESDAY.

HOUSE OF COMMONS.—WKDNESDAYT

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HOUSE OF COMMONS.âWKDNESDAYT The Speaker took the chair at 12.15. LOCAL PSTITIONS. Mr Carbutt pre ented petitions in favour of female suffrage from Castleton. Newport, and Monmouth and in favour of the Sunday Closing Bill for Monmouthshire from the United Metho- I dist Free Church, Pontypooh ELECTRIC LIGHTING. O11 the second reading of a bill lo confirm certain pwyi«sioy.;vI orders of the livarJ vi Tr.de, under the General Electric Lighting Act of last session, Sir H. HUSSEY VIVIAN wished to know what provision was made fop the protection of public interests, for if there was no opposition to such bills before the select committee, they passed as a matter of course. Mr E. STANnoPE said the matter was of im- portance, and he thought some explanation ought to be given by a. representative of the Board of Trade in order that the House might know what powers it granting. Sir GEO. CAMPBELL said the General Electric Lighting Act was passed last session in a great hurry, when no one could tell what its effect might be, It was a matter of pure local government, and all such bills ought not to be passed without the consent of the local authorities, Mr J OH v Hours said that the position of the Board of Trade was a somewhat anomalous one. The bills had been carefully considered, and there had been ample opportunity for giving notice of any opposition to them. Sir A. OTWAY did not see how the House could refuse to send the bill before the select committee, which could require a special report from the Board of Trade. After some further conversation, the bill was read a second time, and referred to a select com- mittee. j CORRUPT PRACTICES BILL. The House having gone mto committee on the Corrupt Practices at Elections Bill, the considera- tion of clause 17, which empowers the court to exonerate a candidate or his agent from the con- sequences of acts of inadvertence or miscalcula- tion, was proceeded with, aud the clause, with certain verbal amendments, was agreed to. On clause 18, which provides for the nomination of election agents, The ATTORNEY-GENERAL moved a naw sub- section for the purpose of enabling a candidate to name himself as election agent. After some further discussion, the clause was agreed to. Clause 19, which provides for the nomination of deputy-election ager:.t3 as sub-agents, was also agreed to, as aLo was clause 20, which requires that the agents shall have officers to which all claims, &c" nwy be sent, Clauses 21 and 22, relative to the payment of expenses, and making of contracts through elec- tions were also added to the bill. In clause 23, on the motion of Mr RYLANDS, as sented to by the ATTORNEY-GENERAL, it was agieed to insert an amendment requiring thai the period for sending in claims in regard to election expenses should be fourteen days, instead of twenty, as proposed by the clause. The clause was subsequently agreed to. On c-ause 24, Mr CAVENDISH BENTINCK moved the omission of sub-section No. 1, which provided that candidates might pay any personal expendi- ture incurred by them on account of an election to an amouflt not exceeding JE50, all other ex- penditure in connection with the election to be paid by the election ngent. The ATTORNEY-GENERAL opposed the amend- ment, explaining that the sub-section had been introduced with a view of protecting the candi- dates themselves, and preventing the recurrence of cases like those that had occurred at the last general election, where, as at Sandwich, a candi- date's llC, onal expenditure had amounted to :£600 I in a fortnight. I After considerable discussion the committee divided, the result being that the amendment was negatived by 160 against 87. Progress was then reported, and the House resumed. The House adjourned at 5.50.

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