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HOUSE OF LORDS—MONDAY! The question of privilege gave rise to a discussion of some length. Mr. Harlow and his attorney appeared at the bar 01 the house, and staled that the ground of action against Mr. Baker was evidence he had given before a select committee of the House of Lords, which the plaintiff considered to have been both malicious and injurious to his character. The I.ord Chancellor then moved that the action was a breach of the privileges of their lordships' hone. Lord Brougham earnestly advocated the necessity of sub- mitting their privileges to he decided upon by the law of the land. In former times the privileges of the houses of parlia- ment were supported by the people, because they were raised as a barrier against the encroachments of the Crown, and it was suffered under such circumstances to be carried to very extreme and unreasonable lengths. Now, however, the Crown itself subjected its privileges to the decisions of the high courts of judicature; and Parliament should not therefore, erect it- self into prosecutor, judge, jury, and executor, for the purpose of sustaining its assertion of privileges, which in too many cases amounted to a denial of justice. The Lord Chancellor would not follow the noble lord in his arguments on the question of privilege. He would only state that the courts of law, as well as the houses of parliament, were judges of their own privileges, and he never knew any failure in effect to do so. In fact, the proceedings in parlia- ment, in such cases, were precisely analogous to those adopted in courts below and they would find, if they did not protect witnesses examined before them precisely as they would their own officers, that they might as well abdicate their legislative functions altogether. Lord Campbell contended that all precedent justified them in the maintenance of their privileges. After a few words from the Earl of Wicklow, the motion was then agreed to. It was then moved that Mr. Harlow, the plaintiff, and his attorney, be committed into the custody of the Black Rod, which was agreed to. The remaining business was then disposed of, and the house adjourned. TUESDAY. Lord Stanley, in answer to Lord Monteagle, said that it was the intention of the Government to introduce several amendments into the Landlords and Tenants Bill, but they did not intend to press it forward this session. The Earl of Clarendon then brought forward the motion of which he had given notice on the subject of the existing commercial treaties with Spain, and contended that, accord- ing to those treaties, it was clear that Spanish colonial pro- duce ought to be permitted to be imported into this country on the same footing as the produce of the most favoured nJ- tions. The Noble Earl concludcd by formally moving the resolution to that effect, of which he had previously given notice. The Earl of Aberdeen, in reply, said that Spain had never, until recently, placed this construction on the treaty, and in- stanced several cases in which Spain had refused to admit British produce on the footing of the most favoured coun- tries, and in which, when Great Britain had admitted the produce of Portugal and France on more favourable terms than the produce of Spain, the Spanish Government had not remonstrated. On a division the motion was rejected by a majority of 14, the numbers being—for the motion 14, against it 28. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY. Sir R. Peel said that General Rosas had claimed the Tight of blockading Monte Video, but the British Government had objected to the claim, unless such right were indiscriminately exercised. Subsequently the French Government appeared to assent to thejblockade, and the British Government also felt it necessarridnecognise the blockade as the natural right of belligerent nations. The Coal Trade (Port of London) Bill then went through committee; after which the house resolved itself into com- mittee on the Poor Law Amendment (Scotland) Rill, the dis- cussion of the clauses of which occupied neatly the whole of the remainder of the evening. TUESDAY. The Turnpike Acts Bill passed through Committee. The Highway Kates Bill passed thiongh Committee. The House then went into Committee on the Lunatic Asylum Bill, and resumed at the five o'clock sitting. In answer to Mr. Labouchere, Sir H. Peel stated his belief that the report that the Brazilian Chambers had passed a law prohibiting the importation of British cottons, unies: the dif- ferent duties on the importation of Brazilian sugars into this country should be done away with, was unfounded. Lord Palmerston then rose for the purpose of directing the attention of the House to the correspondence which had re- cently taken place between the Duke of Sotomayor and the Earl of Aberdeen, on the stit ject of the claim of Spain to have her colonial produce admitted to this country, on the same footing as the produce of the most favoured nation. The noble lord concluded by moving that the House should present an address to the Crown on the question of the Spanish claim. A lengthened discussion followed, in the course of whi:h the House was addressed by Mr. Gladstone, Mr. Labouchere, the Attorney-General, Mr. Baring, Sir G. Clerk, and Mr. Berkeley, and on a division, the motion was negatived by ft majority of 88, The House adjourned At half-past two glclgck,


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