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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. In the House of Commons, on Friday, at a morning sitting the Prisons Bill was taken in committee, and passed through that stage. At the evening sitting, Sir L. Palk called attention to a fatal accident on the Great Western Railway, and asked if the Government would make inquiries with the view of ascertaining whether the safety of the public may not be better assured by legislative measures founded on the report of the committee on rail- ways which had advised communication between guards and drivers. He objected to the system of locking the doors of railway carriages. Mr. M. Gibson thought it was necessarily through Acts of Parliament that remedies for the evils complained of were to be obtained. The law as it stood rendered it im- perative on railway companies, and indeed it was their interest, to prevent, as far as possible, accidents. No legis- lation could have operated to prevent the accident to which allusion had been made and reliance must be placed on the vigilance and regularity of the railway servants. He believed it to be probable that means of communication be- tween guards and drivers would ere long be adopted by railway companies. In committee of supply, Mr. "Walpole brought; forward the estimate for the British Museum, and stated that there was an increase in the esti- mate for the year of about £ 4,000, being caused by increase in salaries, special purchases, and catalogues. The trustees were pressing as much as possible on the Government the necessity for further accommodation for the collections, and plans for attaining that object were under considera- tion. v Mr. Ayrton urged the propriety of opening the Museum n the evenings, when the general public could visit it; and also that any extension of accommodation should be made on a site which would abut on the present building. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said that he was inclined to a conclusion in favour of the opening of exhibitions like the Museum in the evenings, in order to bring them within the reach of the mass of the population, but the question involved the important consideration of the security of the collections, and the subject required due examination. There was no intention of submitting a plan this session for extending the accommodation of the Museum. The vote was agreed to, as was that for the Revenue Departments. The vote for the Packet Service was being discussed when the committee was counted, and forty members not being present, the House resumed and on a. second count, only thirty-six being available, the adjourn- ment followed. The House of Lords met on Monday, June 12, after the Whitsuntide recess. Lord Russell announced that her Majesty's Government had withdrawn from the Confederate cruisers the rights of belligerents conceded by the proclamation of 1861.. Lord Granville moved the second reading of the Union Chargeability Bill, which was supported by Lord Brougham. The Duke of Rutland then moved that the bill be referred to a select committee. He argued that the bill would create ttiischievous distinctions between town and country, and destroy the present community of feeling between em- Ployers and the emnlojed. Lord Redesdale d'oubted tb e policy of increasing the area of rating. It had been a fail&re in London because the officials had no knowledge of the poor they relieved. This was not the case in the country, where the law could be well a<iin.imstered. The House then divided on the question that the bill be referred to a select committee. The numbers were-Con- tents, 24; non-contents, 86; majority against the motion, 63. he till was then read a second time. Their lordships rose at a few minutes before ten. The House of Commons having 3esolved into a Committee on the Reman Catholic Oath Bill, on the first ("nd only) clause, â Sir H. Cairns moved the restoration, m the form of oauli Stained in the bill, of the following words contained in the Oath prescribed by statute 10th George IV., cap. 7, sec. 2:- I do swear that I will defend to the utmost ol my power J?6 settlement of property within this realm, as_ estab- lished by the laws; and i" do hereby disclaim, disavow, j^d solemnly abjure any intention, to subvert the present Church. Establishment, as settled by law within this realm j I do solemnly swear that I never will exercise any privi- to "whicli I am or -may become entitled to disturb or the. Protestant religion or Protestant Government 11 the United Kingdom." â â¢'Hunt dissented from this amendment. He did not Consider the including the words in question in the oath ?*ould afford auy security to the Established Church, or 'oat any member should be precluded from voting upoa all for the restoration 0 After Tomf observations by Mr. Henley, Mr Horsman, and Mr. Newdegate, the committee divid-ea, when Sir II. Cairns's amendment -was negatived by 1C6 to 147. The clause was then agreed to, and the Jrill was oraered to be reported without amendment. The House then .went into committee upon the Record Title (Ireland) Bill, the clauses of which underwent a discussion. j Villiers in moving* tlie second reacting of tlie Poor ^7 Board Continuance, &c., Bill, briefly explained the WaT? -effect of the amendments, the object of which of J. 0 give more effective operation to the administration dati Law Board, in accordance witix.tlie recommen- aS}1 s of a committee of the House. SirT some discussion in which Mr. Neate, Mr. Henley, V Trollope, and Mr. Knight took part, ^ttath Packe moved to defer the second .reading for three 11 After further debate as to other clauses of the bill, tKi.0'1-,0' division the amendment was negatived by 76 to 69} !L0lU was then read the second time. i-emainms: orders were proceeded with, and disposed 3, and the House adjourned at twenty .minutes to three clock. +113! the House of Lords, on Tuesday, a discussion arose on Ve subject of the recent railway accidents, in which the I of Dartmouth, Lord St. Leonards, the Earl of Car- I and other noble lords took part. So r* Granville proposed that a humble address be pre- I ji^ed to her Majesty, congratulating .her Majesty on the tnlllcess °f Wales having given birth to another prince, and I assure her Majesty of the sleep interest felt by the House W *n a" ^at concerned the domestic happiness of rp^ajesty and her family. address was agreed to. thp^6 Public House Clc-sii-g Act (1864.) Amendment. Bill, jjjjj Partnership Amendment Bill, the Mortgage Debentures I WrJ several otjjier bills were advanced a stage, and their s"ips adjourned at eight o'clock. â f'rk tlle House of Commons, at a morning sitting, the ri Bill was read the third time (alter some remarks Tlif' ^ea-te) and passed. Greenwich Hospital Bill, and several other bills, In +i t'le committee. Sirevening, Eraser moved an address to her Majesty to appoint i^^sion to inquire into the operation of the Act 18th the of Victoria, cap. 126, so far as the same relates to ^Paving, lighting, and cleansing of the metropolis. some discussion, Sir Yv. Eraser withdrew his fe' vv' moved a resolution, "That the .evidence taken ^ioue Commissioners appointed to inquire into the Belfast ?1DS so seriously impugning the official I tVio magistrates, named therein, that equity magistrates BO accused, and a due regard to the viridi- *6<3ui> °L t^ie of the administration of justice, 5 ? a. luto the truth of these charges instituted by tiie authorities intrusted with the t is; vlsi0n of the magistracy of Ireland." 1 Peel> Sir H. Cairns, The O'Conor DOR, Sir G. Grey, r ^vih er hon. members having spoken, and Mr. O'Eeiliy 1 replied, the House divided, when the motion was ne- 8 & by 132 to 39. 1 ^â '1- Smith moved a resolution, That her Maiesty's t gnj^s should now adopt measures tor the construction q OT-a, the harbours of refuge on the coasts of Great < aUfl Ireland, recommended by a committee of this n ^»,1857, and by a Royal Commission m 1850" « ^d'aer Gibson reminded tlie House that the recom- & c^1011» Question was that a portion of the expense for f .^b^tructiin 0f the harbours of refuge should be con- y tlle shipoing interest, which had, howuver. ob- $v^iR ? do so- The House should look with some caution 1' to i50lut?0I1> by which, he thought, it woiud be un- fc 121 d itself. He hoped, the House woulu not g rw j, to the resolution. 'W Stf C11 fcl]^ Mr. Liddell, and Sir J.Hay briefly addressed v{ and, after a reply by Sir F. Smith, to which tlie a n? Hen. very unwiliingly, upon a division the motion it. Jje^ived by 111 to 99. i' 4 b* Kv.Vas ?iycu to introduce certain bills. ,g ^<1, then proceeded to dispose of the orders of the adjourned at twenty minutes past one o'clock. ° th 1180 o1^ Commons, on Wednesday, Mr. Goschen adjourned at twenty minutes past one o'clock. ° th 1180 o1^ Commons, on Wednesday, Mr. Goschen 3 Eji' ?econd reading of the Tests Abolition (Oxford) J. 'i-y be of which is to enable degrees to be conferred 8.«WlJer8ity on persons who decline to sign the testa f {Cation n°w required to be taken asapreliminary t° ^'ao granting' of degrees, and thus admitting t Wao° Privilege. He urged that the proposed it (upknti.,) 110t sweeping or revolutionary, while it was a â Wft 1»itv a,dva'nOQ in liberalising the system of the i fo a:ac- the principle of the bill was to open an èeSeaof ags of what were national institutions to all lea v.-ncfe?"S01ls' irrespective of religious creeds. The K ^al in.make the education of the university |a5 sta,te 0f?^idest a-nd to prevent the continuance forfi.8, conS>- which imposed on all but a particular 'prat^» in M on of social, religious, and academical infe- Wn 51 bein°r^' Prevent what was essentially a iay cor- pa!ki*&tion ?p^ermanently converted into an ecclesiastical Pup ^ll i'n >e ^iii» ky abolishing all subscriptions, would »ii?0cEltioh e,e rs °f the university to have a vote in iWv^ity. ant' entitle them to all the privileges of the mil >». D'-jff ild f bo ,sec?nfied the motion, on the ground that the B the R-V :e' u' s-t once to the Church, to the dissenters, it^ It! c^Mersit>' of O^'ord. *"rehacl moved the rejeetion of the bill, and said ilk PreVeat-oi "!?-c^on *'lle abolition of subscriptions ICvi'- hit, dissenters from attaining the degree of <W fl0tl it cnT,?^positio:4 to bill was founded on the tvr,. 9^y of m.c<* wLich Emitted them to the govern- ^odso ?mvcv«ity, 11 Poiattd out that the bill was not open to any J- > 4 i W ik of the objections of Lord R. Cecil, on which the opposition of the noble lord to it was founded, therefore it must be taken that the opposition was practically given up; and he proceeded to argue against the assumption that the Pleasure would produce any radical change in the governing system of the university. The Chancellor of the Exchequer observed that the ob- jects and intentions of the bill must be taken from the statements of its promoters and there was no mistaking the spirit of the speeches of Mr. Goschen and Mr. Dodson, which was that the right of the Established Church to her position in the universities must he founded only on her numerical superiority. The real question was whether religious teaching should not be a chief element in that edu- cation which professed to form the character of this country; a point on which the parents of this country had the strongest feeling. He contended that Parliament by recent legis- lation had affirmed the principle that, however the rules of endowed educational establishments might be re- laxed, as regarded the admission of persons of all denomi- nations to their advantages, there should be no interference with the governing bodies. He was of opinion that the tests imposed on laymen in Oxford ought to be altered and modified, and also that the regulations of the university should be so altered as to give to dissenters all the advan- tages they sought, short of admitting them to the govern- ing body. As, however, the promoters of the present bill had now declared that it could not be subjected to such amendments as would meet his views in the sense above stated, he must vote against the second reading. The debate was continued by Mr. Neate and Mr. Hennessy âwho, as a Roman Catholic, and in favour of exclusive uni- versity teaching and governing, declared against the bill- Mr. C. Fortescue, and Mr. Scully, who, as a liberal Roman Catholic, supported the measure. Mr. Henley opposed the bill. Mr. Murrell pointed out that the bill did not deal with the colleges, and so with the internal education of students, but with the universitv oiilyi; and it was on the ground that, while a grievance would be remedied by the bill, it would not interfere with the religious education which he always desired to maintain, he should vote for it. 31r. Bouverie supported the measure. On a division the second reading was carried by 206 to 190. ij 1 vs* The other business was gone; through, and the House ad- ourned. j ⢠â

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