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I IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. HOUSE OF COMMONS.-THURSDAY. Mr. Chamberlain announced that, owing to representations made to him hy the- Chancellor of the Exchequer, he had de- ferred until Monday his question as to the granting of facilities for discussing his motion on the Eastern Question; ansi Sir H. D. Wolff gave notice that when the motion eame on he should move an amendment, the terms of which prastically :1.IlWnntelr to a dedamtioll that UlO Government WeTe fully jus tiffed in the course they had pursued.Mr. Fawcett "ave notice* oS a resolution condemning the action of the Ministry ^-re- moving the-native Indian troops to Malta-without first com- munictt.ii1g its intention trydo so to Parliament; and the Marquis of Hartington annonnced that on Monday be would ask Sir Stafford Nm.thcote when the supplernBntary estimatg for the- expenses Gf the Indian expeditionary force weuld I.>e laid on the table, and en that day the estimate would be considered in committee.Colonel Stanley stated, in reply to Sir U. Campbell, that tlie expenses of the troops in South Africa were at present being defrayedVHit of the Imperial-Exchequer, but the Cape Colony was repaying the money by instalments.—Sir. G. Campbell thereupon gava notice of a question as to Whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer was satisfied with the security for the repay- ment of these- moneys which were being advanced without Parliamentary Junction.—In reply to Mr. W. Williams, the Attorney-Genera" stated that Government did not intend to alter the University Tests Act in censequenceof the recent legal decision as to the-Jiertford College fellowship.—A new writ was ordered for Reading; and Mr. A. Grey and Mr. Ridley, the joint members for South Northumberland under the double re- turn, appeared at the table, signed the roll" and retired.—The House subsequently went into Committee of Supply on the Civil Service Estimates, and passed a number of votes. HOUSE OF COMMONS: -FRIDAY. Two notices of motion were given, by Mr. A. Mills and Sir H. Havelock, with reference-to the Indian expeditionary force. In reply to Mr. KnatclibuII-Hugessen. SirNR Hicks Beach said aitelegram had that day been received from Sir Hartle Frere, dated the 10th April, to the effect that tile operations against the Kaffirs were successful, hut that detached bands had for fCI" some time given great trouble. Mr. James drew attention I' tc, the parochial charities of the city of London, and moved a resolution on the subject, which he subsequently withdrew, the Secretary having offered an explanation of the efforts new being made in the way of improving the application of the funds of the charities in question, and urged that the result of these efforts should be waited for before further action was tak-en. A motion by Mr. Gregory, declaring that further pro- vision ivas necessary for securing the jide character of joint-stock undertakings registered, and for enforcing the re- turns required by law, was negatived; and while Dr. Kenealy was complaining that his interpellations to Ministers had beeii unduly interfered with, the House was counted out at seven o'clock. o'clock. HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY. The House of Lords met roritbe first time on Monday after the Kaster recess, but the sitting only lasted twenty minutes, and the only business of any interest was a notice of a question for Thursday next, given by Earl Granville in the name of Lord Selbome, as to whether the Indian troops can be employed in time of peace elsewhere than in her Majesty's Indian possessions without the previous consent of Parliament. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY,. In answer to Mr. Bennet-Stanford, the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer said the appointment of Colonel Wellesley as First Secretary to the Embassy at Vienna had been made in con- sequence of the remarkable zeal and ability wlijsh he had displayed, and further, that promotion by seniority had never been the rule in the diplomatic service. The Chancellor of the Exchequer having answered a question by Sir H.James, as to the constitution of the standing army in time of peace, exclusive of the Indian forces, the Marqnisof Hartington askett when the estimate for the transport of the native troops from India would be laid on the table, and when the discussion would he taken in committee. The noble lord also gave notice of the following resolution That no forces shall be raised or kept by the Crown in time of peace without the sanction of Parliament in any of her Majesty's dominions, exclusive of India Sir Stafford Northcote, in reply, said the Government had been en- deavouring to obtain the information necessary to frame an estimate, hut he was not able to name an earlier date than that day fortnight. Mr. Chamberlain asked for a day for the dis- cussion for his motion on the Eastern policy of the Government. The Chancellor of the Exchequer thought the question would be best answered by the reply which he had just given The House of Commons sat all through Monday nieht, and did not rise till half-past nine o'clock on Tuesday morning-an unbroken sitting < £ 17t hours; The bone of contention was the Irish Sunday Closing Bill, and the time was wasted on alternate motions for reporting progress and that the chairman leave the chair, but eventually a compromise was arrived at, to the effect that the amendments to clause 1 would he withdrawn, with the exception of Mr. M Downing's, which embodied the principle of most of the others. HOUSE OF LDRDSTuESDAY; The House met at five o'clock.—Lords Cranbrook and Norton and the Bishop of St. David's took their seats.—In answer to the Marquis of Ripon, the Duke of Richmond promised that as soon as necessary consent had been obtained to lay on. the table the correspondence that had taken place with, foreign Courts with reference to the slaughter of cattle at the port of landing. — Lord Selbome post-poned till Monday his notice on the question of constitutional law relative to the movement of troops from India to Malta and, in answer to a question from the Earl of Beaconsfield, he intimated that it was not his intention to submit a motion on the subject. On the third reading of the Bishoprics Bill, the Earl of Koseberry moved, as an amendment, that any necessity that might exist for additional bishops should be met by an addition to the number of suffragan bishops. Ihe Bishop of Lincoln opposed the amendment, and Lord Denman spoke in favour of the Bill.-Kurl Deaachamp contended that practically the Act of Henry VIII. for the ap- pointment of suffragan bishops had been found unworkable, and that the difficulty with which the Bill was intended to deal could only be met by an addition to the number of diocesan bishops.—Lord Oranmore added some observations after which a division was taken, resulting in the rejection of the amend- ment by 107 to «3.—Ihe Bill was then read a third time and passed.—Ihe Karl of Belmore drew attention to the corres- pondence respecting the recent constitutional crisis in Victoria public money under the Governor warrants. -Ihe Earl of Cadogan stated that Sir G. Bowen having been -Ihe Earl of Cadogan stated that Sir G. Bowen having been advised that it was within power to issue warrants for money which had not been sanctioned by Act passed bv both Houses of the Legislature, referred the matter to the law officers in Victoria, and since then ha.d asked for information at home. The question had been referred to the law officers of the Crown, and being sub judice he expressed no opinion upon it-Their Lordships rose at a quarter past seven o'clock. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—TUESDAY.. LORD HARTINGTONS RESOLUTION. The Speaker took the chair at four o'clock.—Mr. Ashley gave notice that on Thursday next he will ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether her Majesty's Government will use their good offices between the Turkish army and the Cretan insurgents, in view of the fact that the release of the Sultan's troops from Thessaly might otherwise be used to crush freedom in Crete. -Tha Marquis of Hartington said he had: given notice of the resolution he had stated yesterdav for Monday next He desired to know whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer was willing to move the postponement of the orders of the day in order that the resolution might be considered at a reasonable hour.—Ihe Chancellor of the Exchequer said such was the arrangement which he had presumed would sait the noble lord, and he proposed to give notice that on Monday the orders of the day should be postponed, in order that the resolution referred to might be discussed.- Mi. fawcett stated that in consequence of the resolution of which Lord Hartington had given notice, he should withdraw that of which he himself had given notice on the. same subject — In reply to Sir IL Colebrooke, the Chancellor cf the Exchequer stated that the first order of the day for Thursday next would be Supply. In reply to Mr. Redmond, Mr. Lowther said he was alive to the importance of passing the Public Health (Ireland) Bill as early as possible, and as the amendments of which notice had been given were being fully consitlered, he hoped that with the assistance of the House the Bill might be passed this session.—The O'Connor Don gave notice that on an ea-lv day he will move that in the opinion of the House the present position of university education in Ireland is most unsatisfactory and demands the immediate attention of Parliament with a view to extend more generally and equally the benefits of such education. — Mr. Osborne Morgan called attention to the question of land registration, and to the working of Acts of Parliament regula- ting the same, and moved for a Select Committee to enquire into the subject.—The motion, was seconlied by Mr. Gregory, and, after a good deal of discussion, the motion was assented to by the Attorney-General and agreed to.—Sir Henry James then called attention to the anomaly existing in the election of Recorder and Common Serjeant by the Aldermen and Common Council of London, and moved that it was inexpediant indictable offences should be tried bv iud-Tes elected hv anv « presentativc body.—Mr. C. Lewis moVed as an am'ndmmit th,t the Royal Commission of 1854 having especi^^ e^ th privilege of the city of London from its general recommendation that aH judicial appointments should be vlsted in^hJ Crown nothing hadsince occurred to call forthe interference of Par- Hersd?el 811 PPOIteM. the motion, as did Mr. « a«^in "Illiams, and Mr. Lowe, whilst Mr. Hardcastle and Mr. S. Hill opposed it. The Solicitor-General said these appoint- ments were the first of a Liberal Government. Aiter Rexorm Bill the appointments had alwavs j? i ven satisfaction to those interested, and judo-ina from .he test of actual experience no case liail been made out for a change in the system.—After some further discussion, the motion was negatived by 102 to 57. The At- torney-General asked for leave to introduce a Bill to modify the law of indictable offences.—The leave was given and the Bill read a first time.—Several Bills were advanced a stage and the House adjourned at 1.15. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—WEDNESDAY. The House of Commons met at half-past twelve o'clock and proceeded with the discussion of the Borough Franchise (Ireland) Bill, the second reading of which was moved by Mr Meldon. Several members spoke against the Bill, which was opposed by the Attorney-General for Ireland, On a division the Bill was rejected.—The second reading of the Queen's Col- leges and University (Ireland) Bill was lost by 232 against 26. The House adjourned at six o'clock.

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