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Jmpeijiiil ftoiiliam^itt ♦ HOUSE OF LORDS. MONDAY. MISCELLANEOUS. The Royal assent was given by commission to a Dumber of bills, after a motion had been agreed to relative to the Hythe School of Musketry. THE IRISH CHURCH BILL. Earl GRANVILLE moved the third reading of the Irish Church Bill. The Earl of CLANCARTY moved that the bill be read a third time that day three months. He contended that the measure virtually destroyed the Established Church in one part <5f the empire, and their lordships Trould be justified in asking Her Majesty to refuse her Royal assent to it. Lord LURGAN supported the bill. Lord DERBY said he was opposed on principle both to disestablishment and disendowment, even with the amendments their lordships had introduced into the bill, for the Church in Ireland would be left with a miserable pittance which would be found insufficient for her high and holy purpose. If Lord Clancarty persisted in pressing his amendment, he would vote for it, although he advised his noble friend to throw the responsibility of rejecting the reasonable amend- ments their lordships had passed upon the House of Commons. He hoped their lordships would firmly resist any attempt on the part of the House of Com- mons to modify their amendments. After further discussion the Earl of Clancarty with- drew his amendment. Lord DERBY saicl he and other noble lords intended on Thursday to lay a protest against the bill. The bill was then read a third time, and on the question that it should pass, The Earl of DEVON moved to omit from clause 13 certain words inserted in committee which provided that existing prelates of the Irish Church should .have a right to sit in the House after the passing of the bill. After a discussion, the Earl of Devon's motion was carried by a majority of 26. A motion to insert a proviso in the 28th clause was carried by a majority of 7. The bill subsequently passed, Lord Redesdale .handing in a protest on behalf of the Earl of Derby. TUESDAY. BISHOPS' RESIGNATION BILL. The Archbishop of CANTERBURY moved the second reading of the Bishops' Resignation Bill, which he explained would, on the incapacity of any bishop, permit arrangements to be made for a coadjutor bishop, to be appointed with a right of succession, receiving a portion of the revenues of the.see. After some discussion, in which Earl Nelson, the Archbishop of York, the Duke of Somerset, the Earl of Carnarvon, the Earl of Powis, &c., &c., took part, the bill was read a second time. ASSESSED RATES BILL. The Earl of KIMBERLEY moved the second reading of the Assessed Rates Bill, briefly pointing out the hardships which had been occasioned by the abolition of compounding for the payment of rates by the Re- form Act, and explaining the manner in which the Bill practically would give the power of compounding by means of arrangements on certain authorised terms between the owners of houses and the local authori- ties. After some conversation, in which Earl Grey, Lord Denman, and Earl Granville took part, the bill was read a second time. ———— HOUSE OF COMMONS. MONDAY. THE TRADES UNION BILL. Mr. T. HUGHES withdrew the Trades Union Bill. The motion on going into committee of supply in- volved no points of public interest, and were quickly gone through. THE IRISH CHURCH BILL. The Irish Church Bill was brought down from the House of Lords with the usual message, hoping that the House would concur with the Lords' amendments. Mr. GLADSTONE gave notice that he should ask the House to consider the Lords' amendments on Thursday. Several bills were advanced a stage, and the House adjourned at 2.15 a.m. TUESDAY. CLEARANCES AT THE CUSTOM HOUSE. Mr. GRAVES asked if the Treasury now possessed the power to authorise the substitution of the owners or agent for the shipmaster in clearing a vessel at the Custom House, and if not, whether it would be pos- sible to obtain this session the necessary legal powers for dispensing with the attendance of the captain at the Custom House. Mr. AYRTON said the question was at present engag- ing the attention of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and a bill would be introduced shortly which, among other things, would deal with the subject. THE RECENT SCANDAL AT ST. PANCRAS WORKHOUSE. Mr. GOSCHEN, in reply to Colonel Barttelot, stated that it was the intention of the :Poor Law Board to institute an inquiry into the death of Mary Allen, who lately died in tit. Pancras Workhouse under circum- stances which caused an inquest to be held. THE BINGLEY AND OTHER BOILER EXPLOSIONS. Mr. H. SHERIDAN asked if the Board of Trade had yet received a full account of the number of persons .killed and injured by the boiler explosion at Bingley, about two weeks ago whether it was true that twenty persons were killed, and nearly forty seriously injured, .and whether the Board could give information as to the loss of life and injury which had resulted from boiler explosions which had since occurred at Wheal Bassett, near Redruth, at Lord Durham's Sheerbone House Colliery, at Abergwawr Colliery, at Calderbank, and at Nuneaton. Mr. LEFEVRE said that neither the Board of Trade nor the Home Office had. received any information, and he was therefore unablt'vo confirm the accuracy of the statement made by the bon. member. CONTAGIOUS DISEASES (ANIMALS) BILL. The House then went^ aimmittea upon the Con- tagious Diseases (Anir "put-H.. In the 90th clause,,s t) 1- Sir E. BULLER moved the insertion of a provision enabling the balance of the fund raised by the cattle plague rate to be appropriated in compensation for cattle slaughtered by direction of an inspector between the 20th February and the 15th April, 1866. Sir C. ADDERLEY moved the substitution, for Sir E. Buller's amendment, of a clause enabling the bal- ance to be applied in compensation for cattle slaugh- tered between the passing of the Act 29th and 30th Victoria, 1866, and the appointment of inspectors under that act, by the direction of a person whom the owner of such cattle had reasonable ground to believe to be the authorised inspector for the execution of the Act. Mr. W. E. FORSTER opposed both proposals, and after a short debate. Sir E. BULLER withdrew his amendment in favour of that Sir C. Adderley, which, on a division, was -carried against the Government by 97 against 80. The bill passed through committee, as also did the Valuation of Property (Metropolis) Bill, and the sitting was suspended at seven o'clock. WEDNESDAY. STILLBORN CHILDREN. Dr. BREWER asked the Home Secretary if he bad any information on which he could rely as to the large and still increasing number of infants who were alleged to be buried as stillborn," and whether it was the intention of the Government to render re- gistration of sburial of such ohildren in all cases co m- pulsory. Mr. BRUCE said the information in the Home Office on the subject was very defective, but it formed an important part of an inquiry now taking place, which had been suggested by the Sanitary Commissioners. DISEASED FOREIGN CATTLE. Mr. GORE asked whether there was any truth in the statement that a large number of foreign cattle had been stopped as diseased animals atThameshaven and Brown's wharves during the last few days for what reason they had been stopped, and what steps had been taken with respect 'to future exportation. Mr. W. E. FORSTER stated that a large number of cattle had been stopped for foot and mouth disease, and it was the custom to detain and slaughter foreign cattle when found to be suffering from that disease. The disease was not however, of a fatal character, and home cattle when suffering from it were not in- terfered with. REAL ESTATE INTESTACY BILL. Mr. LOCKE KINO moved the second reading of the Real Estate Intestacy Bill. He stated that the present law was not uniform or just, and there was a strong and growing prejudice against the land de- scending to the heir at law. The law with regard to personal property was fair, just, and uniform; and the object of the present bill was to do away with the absurd distinction which existed with regard to land, and to have one uniform law applicable to both de- scriptions of property. The bill would not effect the great landed proprietors, but only those in the hands of the humbler classes, but if it did result in en- couraging a greater distribution of the land he thought it would do good. He enumerated many great and distinguished authorities who supported the principle of the measure. Mr. DICKESON seconded the motion. After some discussion and a division the bill was read a second time. LIBEL BILL. The Libel Bill was withdrawn; COUNTY CORONERS BILL. The House went into committee on this bill, and passed two clauses, one of them being amended so as to give the vote in the election to the electors on the parliamentary register instead of the freeholders only. IRISH CHURCH BILL. Sir J. PAKINGTON appealed to the First Lord of the Treasury to give up the morning sitting on Friday, so as to go on continuously with the Irish Church Bill amendments. Mr. GLADSTONE assented on condition that hon. members would postpone their notices on that day. The House adiourned at 5.55 p.m.


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