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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. < HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY. Their lordships met at five o'clock. Tie Earl of Carnarvon said he Md given notice on Friday, of his intention to call attention to the affairs of Deemark. Be did so in the belief that the Conference wns practically at an end. He now heard that the Conference was sitting, that an armistice had been agreed upon, and had been accepted by all parties. If that 'report was true, it was his intention to withdraw M* notice; he should, therefore be glad to hear frnr « Foreign Secretary what the facts -<iallv wer. -:ider what circumstances an armistice had bee- agreea to, and What the terms were. Earl Russell said he had great satisfaction in stating that the Conference to-day agreed to a suspension of hostilities, by Austria and Prussia on the cne hand, and Denmark on the other. The terms on which this sus- pension of hostilities is based are the uti possiditis. Each Power is to keep its own position, both by sea and land. The blockade is to be raised. The suspension of hostilities is to be for one month, and the Conference will meet again on Thursday. The Earl of Donoughmore asked if Jutland was to be evacuated. Earl Russell said the question was between a suspen- sion of arms and an armistice. A proposition was made at the Conference, by which Jutland was to be evacuated by Germany, and the Island of Alsen by the Danes, but the Danish Government preferred the simple suspension of arms. I The Earl of Carnarvon said he had not heard, with i any great satisfaction, the terms which had been agreed to. The arrangement appeared to be the most one-sided he had ever heard of. Germany gained more from it than could by any possibility accrue to Denmark. He was sure that Denmark, by her moderation, had entitled herself to the sympathy of Europe as much as she had by the excessive heroism and extraordinary gallantry she had displayed. Earl Russell: I can only repeat that on one side an armistice waa proposed, and on the other a suspension of hostilities. The Danes, of their own accord, prfe rred the simple suspension of hostilities, In reply to the Earl of Ellenborough, Earl Russell stated that the suspension 3f hostilities was to commence on the 18th of this month. Earl Granville stated that on Friday he should move that the House at its rising should adjourn till the 23rd, for the Whitsuntide holidays. Lord Stratheden moved, that in the opinion of the House, the correspondence of her Majesty's Government with the Cabinet of St Petersburg on the Polish question had not as yet reached a satisfactory conclusion^ and that the Czar having failed to comply with the conditions upon which, according to the treaty of Vienna, he acquired his sovereignty in Poland, it was no longer binding upon her Majesty's Government to acknow- ledge it. Earl Russell opposed the resolution, on the ground that instead of increasing the authority of the House, it would tend to impair it. He reminded the noble earl that the conditions of the treaty at Vienna would not satisfy the Polish insurgents, who declared that they would rest satisfied with nothing less than the Peroration of Poland to the position she formerly held as a kingdom. He defended the policy of her Majesty's Government, and said they would have been justly censurable if they had involved this country in a war with Russia on behalf of Poland. At the same time he was strongly of opinion thit if in a time of tranquility the Emperor of Russia disregarded the conditions of the treaty of Vienna, he -ocuM not continue to claim the right of sovereignty over Poland. He hoped the noble earl would not press the resolution. After some remarks from Earl Grey, Lord Stratheden withdrew the motion. The Commons' Amendments to the Court of Chancery (Despatch of Business) Bill were considered, and agreed to. The Common Law Procedure (Ireland) Act 1853 Amendment Bill, the Promissory Notes and Bills of Exchange Bill, and the Customs and Inland Revenue -Bill, were read a second time. Their lordships adjourned at half-pust six o>clock. TUESDAY. Their lordships met at five o'clock. The Earl of Ellenborough moved the second reading of the Sentences of Death Bill. He said the House of Commons having addressed her Majesty to appoint a .Royal Commission to inquire into the whole question, the present system threw too great a responsibility on one individual, and recently caused great want of con- fidence on the part of the public. His object was to surround the Home Secretary with security in the dis- charge of this serious duty, and to revive with a slight alteration with respect to the personal share of the Sovereign, the practice which had prevailed up to the present reign. He therefore proposed that the issue of the warrant for carrying out a sentence of death should be decided upon by the Home Secretary, the Lord Chancellor, the Chief Justice, the First Lord of the Treasury, the President of the Council, and other members of the Cabinet, whom it may be desirable to summon. The subject was so important that he would persevere with the bill. Earl Granville fully recognised the objects which the iiobie earl had in view, but fot his own part he thought it would be desirable to postpone legislation until the Royal Commission had reported. He believed it would be difficult to get the proposed Committee of the Council together at all times of the year, and that it ought to have powers to order a new trial. The noble earl might be one of the Commissioners, and he was sure the bill would receive their consideration. He trusted he would not proceed with it. After some remarks from Earl Grey, the Duke of Argyle, and Lord Redesdale, the bill was withdrawn. The Common Law Procedure (Ireland) Act Amend- ment Bill was read a second time. The Promissory Notes and Bills of Exchange (Ireland) Bill, and the Customs and Inland Revenue Bill passed through committee. The Naval and Victualling Stores Bill was read a third time and passed. On the motion of Earl Powis, a copy of the treasury minutes declining any future reduction of interest below five per cent, on moneys advanced by the Public Works Loan Commissioners, with the correspondence relating thereto, and of the cases in which the interest had been reduced, was ordered to be laid upon the table. The Duke of Buccleuoh presented a bill to remove certain disabilities under which Scotch Episcopalian clergy laboured in England. Their lordships adjourned at ten minutes past six o'clock.





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