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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. THE ANNEXATION OF ISLANDS IN THE PACIFIC. T*i fVio TTnTTCft* at? T ords XUJV 2. & di&cxissfon T5pOH tllG annexation of New Ouiuta'by the was initiated by Lord Launi.»ton who »•"ow* IOT papa.s Pacific" de?™Sfidtto of annexation, not justified in annexing ternary, or eve i in aa vising is, SSSeprevious conlent of the Imperial Government. Lord Norton protested against this doctrine, as being opposed to precedent. Thfl Tfurl of Carnarvon, ■while believing that it would be IdSyFwdenTfor her Majesty's Government to allow vew Guisea to fall into the bands ot France or any other foreign Power, was distinctly opposed to its annexation by lueensland.. !Lfter some remarks by the Earl of Longford and the Duke I Manchester, Lord Derby said he held that, as a general principle, it was not desirable to increase by annexations our colonial responsibilities, but if colonies themselves wished to enlarge their territories and to undertake the consequent burdens, that to some extent alteied the position. New Guinea was not a newly-discovered country, and the action of the Government of Queensland in annexing it 1- ft matters as they had been before that step was taken. Her Majesty's Government were not prepared to undertake the annexcition of New Guinta—an enormous territory, which could be administered only at an enormous expens Jt was impossible that the Colony of Queensland could undertake that responsibility. fU pre&enuttiV'. s of the various An iralian colonies had recently brought under his notice proposition that we should annex the New Hebrides, the Solomon Islands, and other groups in the Pacific He had not held out much hope to them that Her Majesty's Government would give effect to sucn a policy, but her Majesty's Government were considering how far they might take measures to secure better order in New Guinea and otherislanès of the Pacific, with a view to the greater security to the trade of this eountry and the Aus- tralian colonies. Th motion for the production of papers was sgreed to. The bea Fisheries bill and S'oH:n Goods Bill were read a third time and passed, and the Supreme Court of Judicature (Funds) Eillpassed through Committee. Their lordships adjourned at five minutes to eight o'clock. Tn the HOUSE OF COMMONS, Mr. Ince took his seat for Hastings. ARTIZANS' DWELLINGS. Mr. Gladstone informed Mr. Broacburst that the Govern- ment believed the subject of the dwelling accommodation of the labouiing classes and the t-viis constqueat en ever- crowding in large towns was ripe for oiscussion and legisla- tion, and therefore it was net proposed to issue a Royal Commission to inquire. POSTAL TELEGRAMS. Mr. Alderman Lawrence gave notice that on going into Supply he would move,—That it is not expedient, in order to reduce the minimum price of telegrams to 6d to increase the present taiift for tekgrsnis of twenty words and upwards, as would be the esse under SchetBe 1 of the Treasury minute of the 14tb of June, 1883; also to move,- That it is not expedient to charge in the cost of tele- grams for the number of words in the address of either receiver or sender and also to propose the fosh wing Scheme for the consideration of the Postmaster-Gen* ral :— In every telegram the. addresses of aay h-ngtb of receiver and sender to be charged 2d. telegrams cf tight words, at Jd. per word, End incliidirg the. acdiets, Cd telegrams of 12 words, at £ d. per word. and including the address. 8d. telegrams of 16 words, at per word, and including the address, led. telegrams of 20 words, at Jd. per word, and including the address, Is., as &t present; additional for every four words, 2d. THE CORRUPT PRACTICES BILL. • i The House again went into committee, for the 11th time, on the Corrupt Practices Bill. Clauses 7 to 9 having been agreed to, en Clause 10, which defines the penalty for illegal practices, the Attorney- general consented to limit the period of d n qualification for sitting for the constituency in which the illegal practices had been committed to seven yeart instead of making it per- petual as proposed by the clause. The clause, thus amended, Was agreed to as were also the three following clauses. On Clause 14 a prolonged discussion arose upon an amend- ment by Mr. Labouchere, declaring the acceptance of a title by a member of the Rome who vacated his seat in <Mc<pr to promote the election of another person to it, to be an illegal practice. Eventually the amendment was rejected by 186 to 11, and the clause having been agreed to, progress was reported, and the House resumed. The other orders were disposed of, and the House ad- journed at a quarter pas t one. In the HOUSE OF LORDS, July 3. the EWL of Aterdeen presented a petition from 169 929 women cf England, another eontaining 14,747 signatures (collected within a short period) fro,woiiien of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, and a third petition containing 8.f 61 signatures, in favour of closing public-bouses on Sunday. THE CHOLERA. Earl Granville, replying to the Earl of. Wemyss, admitted i that the subject of the prevention of the spread of cboWa from Egypt to this country was one of the greatest import- ance, demanding the immediate attention of her Government. Great energy had betn displayed by the Egyptian C-Jovermnent in isolating the districts Where the cholera prevailed, and the English military authorities had been enj iliied by telegram to taks the Host string.t precautions for the protection of our own troops, but there was reason to bslieve that the instructions «&d been anticipated. The noble earl t> ad a letter from Sir Gull, in which he observed tbat the reported outbreaks Were local and sudden, and th.<t at present we might expect it Would subside and not become epidemic. The Lunatic Poor (Ireland) Bill was read a second time and several other measures having been advanced a stage, their lordships rose at five minutes past seven o'clock. In the HotrsE OF COMMONS, at the morning sitting, in answer to a question from Sir E. Watkin, Lord E. JFitzmaurice said that no proposals had been made to hold an international conference on the subject of quarantine. PUBLIC BUSINESS. Sir C. Dilke, on behalf of t!> Prime Minister, moved that Government orders should have precedence at the evening fitting, and also this day. A long conversation ensued, in the gourso of which Mr. Gladstone explained that wtut the Government wanted in the first instance was to get the Corrupt Practices BUI though committee and the Tenants' Compensation Bill Into committee. Afterwards tin y proposed to proceed with the other measures of importance which the country desired and expected to see passed, but they would also endeavour secure full opportunity for the discussion of Supply. The motion was agreed to. THE CORRUPT PRACTICES BILL. The House then went into Committee on the Corrupt Prac- tices Bill, resuming with Clause 15, which makes the use of a committee-room in public-houses and houses where intoxi- cating liquor is sold an illegal hh ing. An amendment moved by Mr. C. Bentinck to exempt bounties gave rise to a long discussion on the principle of the clause, which was energetically condemned by Mr. Onslow, Baron de Wirms, Mr. Warti>n, -ir tt. Wolff, Mr. Biggar, find others as utterly unworkable and the Attorney- general, in order to take away the appearance of aiming specially at the licensed victuallers, offered to extend the clause to all houses where refreshment is sold for coo an nip tion on the premises, and promised to bring up a proviso that the clause should not apply to rooms used for general Sheetfiigs of the electors. The amendment was then withdrawn, and Mr. Stanhope ttioved a further amendment limiting the prohibition to Premises licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquors. On a division this was negatived by 169 to 141; and the Attornev-General thereupon moved, in deference to the feelings of the large minoifiy, an amendment which would Hot include within the prohibition the premises of permanent political clubs. This was agreed to and progress having been reported, the sitting was suspended at ten minutes to seven o'clock. At the evening sitting the Committee on the Bill was re- sumed, and at the instance of the Attorney-General an amendment was made in Clause 16 making it an illegal hiring to take for an election committee-room any premises Whereon refreshments of any. kind, whether food or drink, are ordinarily sold for consumption on the premiies. An amendment, moved by Mr. Stanhope, to prohibit the Use of the premises of any public elementary scfeool in re- ceipt of an annual parliamentary grant as a committse- toom was also agreed to. On the Clause as amended being Put, It was opposed by many hon. members as being calcu- lated to cause the greatest inconveniecee. After a protracted discussion, the Committee divided at half-past twelve o'clock, and agreed to the Clause by 146 to 111/ Eventually progress was reporV-1. and the House, having disposed of "the other orders, adjourned at twenty minutes Past one. ELECTRIC LIGHTING. In the HOUSE OF COMMONS, on the order for the second Reading of the Electric Lighting Provisional Orders (No. 4) Sir H. Vivian asked what provision bad been made for the representations of the district authorities agamst thIs Jail, and whether the Board of Trade intended to refer it to a lelect or a hybrid Committee. Mr. J". Holms said the undertakings were of a nove •haracter, and these were the first provisional orders which •adcome before the House since the passing of the Act. It Was proposed to refer them to a hybrid Committer so that •hey might be fully considered but the Government was Very much In the hands of the House, and, therefore, it was to anyone to make any other suggestions. Mr. Stanhope said unless the Bills were opposed it was not •mchuse referring them to a Committee, as the points of would not be properly brought out except by apposition. Sir G. Campbell considered that it was all the more neces- sary to refer the Bills to a Commistee if they were not opposed, it was very necessary that they should be scruti- nised before they were passed. The present Bill sinned against some olthe pii i lea which he should i»ave thought 5?e s Board of Trade and the Government Would have insisted upon—viz., the principle of local •conomy and local self-government. He thought they Should be very careful in matters of that kiud. Mr. Stevenson observed that the subject of electric light- gg was fully considered by a Stlect Committee last year, there was no opposition to this Bill. j Sir A. Ot way recommended the Hou«e to adopt the sug- gestion of the Secretary to the Board of Trade. The Bill was then read a second time. »The House then went into Committee on the Corrupt practices Bill, and several amendments had been disposed When the hour for suspending business arrived. Pro- fournecl*8 then reP°rte(*, an(* the Eouse soon after ad-

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