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TUESDAY, JANUARY 26TH. HOUSE OF COMMONS. Mr. GOSCHEN, in answer to Mr. T. G' Bowles, said the Admiralty had not received any reports of the narrow escapes of warships from being rammed by other warships in con- sequence of slight accidents to machinery dur- ing naval manoeuvres in close order, nor had they any reason to believe that such narrow escapes had taken place. In reply to another question by the same member, Mr. GOSCHEN said he proposed to appoint a small committee of officers to consider the general question of the instruction and education of young naval officers after they left the Britannia. Answering a question put by Sir H. Vincent, Mr. RITCHIE said that, having regard to the amount of business to which the Government were already committed, he could hold out no hope of a bill on the subject of alien immigra- tion being introduced during this session. Asked whether, in order to pnable managers of elementary schools to dispense with the ne- cessity of obtaining advances in consequence of the late period at which the Parliamentary grant was distributed, he would make arrange- ments for half yearly or quarterly payments of the grants, Sir J Gorst said the Committee of Council would have no objection to the course proposed, but he understood that the financial arrangements which it would involve were at present insuperable. Answering Mr. Field, the HOME SECRE- TARY said the health, mental and bodily, of the convicts Featherstone and Flanagan, who were still in Portland, was good, and was not likely to be injured by continued imprison- ment. In reply to Sir W. Foster, Mr. CHAMBER LAIN said the governor of Malta had issued a total prohibition on all vessels arriving frem India. His predecessors and himself had strongly urged the Governor of Malta to adopt a more scientific and convenient method of preventing the introduction and spread of for- eign diseases, but without avail. Sir W. DUNN, on behalf of Sir R Reid, asked whether the new Commission would be appointed on nnancial relations of other parts of the United Kingdom. Mr. BALFOUR repeated his reply to a simi lar question put last week, to the effect that he could not give any information until he was in a position to state the terms of reference. Mr. MACLEAN asked when the motion for the reappointment of the South Affrica Com- mittee was to be taken. Mr. BALFOUR said he could not say defi- nitely, but hoped to be able to make a statement as to the order of Government business before the House rose. The debate on the address was resumed by Sir WILLIAM WEDDERBURN, who moved an amendment in favour of a full and indepen- dent inquiry into the condition of the masses of the Indian people, with a view to ascertain- ing the causes by reason of which they were helpless to resist even the first attacks of fa- mine and pestilence. After a debate in which Lord G. Hamilton and Sir H. H. Fowler took part, the amend- ment was rejected by 217 votes against 90. The SPEAKER called upon Mr. T. M. Healy to move an amendment standing in his name, calling for an inquiry into the administration of that portion of the Secret Service Fund which was spent by the Home Office. Mr. HEALY replied that after consulting with Mr. Davitt he had come to the conclusion that they would have a better and wider scope for the discussion on the Home Office vote, so he did not propose to proceed with his amend- ment. Mr. DISRAELI was then called upon to move an amendment representing it as urgently de- sirable that a special envoy should be sent to Constantinople 'in order to guard not only British Imperial interests, but to promote the carrying through of appropriate reforms, for I all the inhabitants of the Ottoman Empire. Mr. Disraeli was not in his place, and the amendment was consequently passed over. Mr. STRACHEY proposed an amendment expressing regret that no measure had been announced for the simplification of the regis- tration laws for Parliamentary and local go- vernment elections. This was defeated by 141 votes to 59. Mr. MURNAGHAN moved an amendment expressing regret at the absence of any promise of a bill to discontinue the deportation of pau- pers from England and Scotland to Ireland, but after a statement by Mr. G. Balfour of the efforts he had made to bring about a change, the amendment was withdrawn. Mr. DISRAELI then moved his amendment, and it was seconded by Mr. Banbury. Mr. CURZON and Sir W..HARCOURT took part in the debate which followed. Eventually the amendment was withdrawn, and the address was then agreed to without a division.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27TH.

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