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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. I HOUSE OF LOkps-FRIDAV. I Lord Duncannoa gave nutico that oil FriJaTj the 3rd of February, lie should call the attention of the House to the services that Were performed in Saddler's Wells end other theaties, by clergymen of the Church of Eng- land, and sliouhi move that such proceedings were in- jurious to the d'umtv of the Est-iblislied Church. Lord Cranworth obtained leave to bring in a Bill similar ia effect to tint nuroiu-ed last session, for amending the laws relating to endowed schools. In answer to a ques- tion fruiu Lord Elisubotough, the Duke of Argyll stated that the Government hau not ascertained from the government of India the precise value of the property to be distributed to the troops cs prize money, but he ex- pected that information every day. Lord Brougham moved f..r n. return of the quantity of cotton imported into this country during tho two years endin- D*'cea.- ber 31st, 1859, and of the revenue derived by the eouu- try therefrom. The noble and learned lord called atten- tion to the injury inflicted upon commerce by tho im- position of trifling duties on importaut articles of trade, and expressed a hope that the government would put an end to a source of revenue front which no benefit was received, commensurate with the inj ury and annoyance it inflicted upon the trading community. The Duke of Newcastle assented to the production of the returns, and said that government would do all in their power, not only to encourage the growth of cotton in our colonies, but to suppress the slave trade. I HOUSE OF COMMONS.âFainAY. I In answer to a question from Mr Griffiths, Lord John Russell denied that 30,000 French troops were expected at Leghorn, or that the French government had any in- tention of taking such a step to prevent the annexation of the provinces of central Italy to Sardinia. Mr E James called attention to the case of Dr Smethurst,, he had followed the ordinary course, which he had no reason to regret. A bill would shortly be introduced by an independent member, in re'erence to criminal appeals. Mr Bowyer condemned the proceedings of the Divorce Court, which were becoming too scandalous to be longer tolerated. Sir G C Lewis said the Government did not intend to alter the number of judges, but to enlarge the classes of business which might be decided by the judge ordinary alone. The Chancellor of the Exchequer ob tained leave to bring in bis Bill relating to savings' banks. Sir G C Lewis moved for leave to bring in a Bill for the better management of highways. The Bill was substantially the same as that of last year. It provided for the management of the highways by a board g h wa y s by a board similar to the board of guardians, directed by a magis- trate. After a short debate, leave was given to brin" in the Bill. Leave was also given t" Sir G 0 Le% is toO in- troduce a Bill to make further provision concerning mortgages and other dispositions of property to munici- pal corporations) in England and Ireland, and to Mr Ayrton, to bring in a Bill relating to newspapers, &c. HOUSE OF LORDS.âMONDAY. In tie House of Lords, a number of bills for the con- solidation and amendment of the criminal law were read a fit st time. HOUSE OP COMMONS.âMONDAY, In the House of Commons, Lord John Russell stated that, in consequence of a report which reached the Gov- ernment from our Minister in Switzerland, a representa- tion was made to the French Government in reference to the rumour about the annexation of Savoy aad he would state in a day or two whether the papers could be laid before the house without inj ury to the public service. Attention having been called (as it was also in the Lords) to the riot on Sunday at St Georgo's-in-the- East, Sir G C Lewis, said that means should be taken to prevent a recurrence of the open desecration of the church. Protesting against the indifference of the Gov- ernment, Mr Danby Seymour promised to introduce a measure upon this subject; and Mr Hadfield said that the public had borne long enough with the spectacle of a clergyman taking Protestant pay, and introducing Ro. manist practices. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said that copies of the treaty with France, the terms of which were not yet completed, would not be in the hands of members by Monday night, but he wonld then enter into a ful. explanation of its provisions, which are very simple, and which were connected with the financial pro- posals of the Government, upon which he would take the opinion of the house, by resolutions, on Thursday in next week. Leave was given to bring to a bill to abol- ish the annuity tax in Edinburgh and the select committee on contracts was reappointed, after some dis- cussion. HOUSE OF LORDSâTUESDAY. In the House of Lords, a bill to give the common-law courts the power of dealing with equity was introduced by the Lord Chancellor; and, on tho motion of Lord Brougham, a bill for facilitating the sale and transfer of real estates and the registration ot titles was read a first time. HOUSE OF COMMONS.âTUESDAY. In the House of Commons Lord John Russell stated that Garibaldi declined to accept the command of the the National Guard of Sardinia, on Sir James Hud- ¡ son privately, without communication with his Gov- ernment, and independently of the French Am- bassador, expressing an opinion as to the impolicy of Garibaldi holding such a position. Lord John Russell also stated that there were grounds to be!ieve that the intercession of the British Consul would secure the re- lease of Martin Esclante, imprisoned in Spain for dis- tributing the Scriptures. Mr S Herbert stated that it was not the intention of the Government to embody any fresh regiments of militia in the place of those disembod- ied. Mr Lindsay's motion fur a select committee upon shipping led to a debate and the proposal of an amen d- ment, but ultimately the scope of the motion wae ex- tonJed and the appointment of a committee agreed to. Mr Melior, with the assent of L?rd Palmerston, intro- daced a bill, to amend the Corrupt Practice Act, in which he proposed to punish bribery with hard labour, and to make tho payment of election expenses, except throug"h tho auditor, a misdemeanour. Leave was also given to introduce bills relating to parochial rates for general benefit, to bonded warehouses for inland towns, and to the adulteration of food. HOUSE OF COMMONS.âWEDNESDAY. In the Ilcust3 of Commons, the seconl reading of Air M'Mahon's bill providing for appeal in criminal cases, was opposed, on the part of the Government, by Sir G. C. Lewis, on the ground that it would completely change the character of the administration of the crim- inal law, without abolishing the prerogative of the Crown, without relieving the Home Secretary of the painful duties which now devolved upon him, and without pro- viding a proper remedy for any of the evils at present j complained of. Alluding to the case of Dr. Smethurst, he denied that it afforded any argument in favour of the right of appeal, inasmuch as there was no misdirec- tion on the part of the judge and no verdict contrary to the evidence. Her Majesty was advised to grant a par- don solely upon the opinion of medical practitioners as to the facts proved in evidence, and as to the medical bearing of thoie facts. Had there been a second trial under the bill before the house, with the same result, it would be preposterous to suppose that the prerogative of the Crown could not have been called into action. He moved, as an amendment, that the bill be reaJ a second time that day six months, and, after a debate, Mr M'Mahon declined to press his motion, and the amend- ment was agreed to, so that the bill is lost. HOUSE OF LORDS.âThursday. I In the House of Lords it was ordered that no private bills originating in that house should be read alter the I 21st instant. HOUSE OF COMMONS.âTHURSDAY. I In the House of Commons, notices were given by three members that they intended respectively to call attention to our relations with China, to flogging in the army, and to the manning of the navy. Mr Disraeli elicited from Lord John Russell that there had been two interviews between Lord Cowley and Count Walewski, at the second of which Count Walewski declared that the Em- peror of the French had no longer any intention of at. tempting the annexation of Savoy to France. Govern- ment, however, had come to the conclusion that tho official correspondence ought not to be produced. Mr Wise proposed the appointment, annually, of a commit- tee to revise the miscellaneous civil service expenditure, and the motion, opposed by Government, and support- ed in a strong spoech by Mr Bright, was carried by 121 to 93. The house ordered the prosecution of the two men accused of bribery by the Beverley election committee, and consented to the introduction of Mr Hubbard's church-rate law amendment bill, and to the appointment of a committee to enquire into the manu- facture of anchors and chain cables for the merchant service.

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