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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. HOUSE OF LORDS.—THURSDAY. On the motion for the third reading of the Factories and Workshops Bill, the Earl of Shaftesbury called attention to the omission in the Bill of any legislation tor females and young persons engaged in the nail "and chain making trades. The noble Lord also referred incidentally to the cotton trade riots iu Lancashire, and expressed his opinion that the outrages which had occurred had been perpetrated hy the idle and reckless, of whom large numbers were to be found in all places. He believed the vast bulk of the operatives weie determined to pursue their ends by legitimate and peaceable means.—Lord Balfour, replying to the observations respecting the employment of women and children in the nail and chain trades, said the Commission came to the conclusion that their aggregate hours of work were not excessive, and that the work being done in small workshops adjoining the dwelling houses of the Workors, the provisions with regard to duration of working hours did not apply.-Etrl de la Ware moved an address for correspondence between the War Office and Boards of Guardians relative to allowances to- wives and children of the Army Reserve who have been called into active service. He remarked that sixpence a day for the wife and twopence a day for each child coulu hardly be regarded as an adequate support for the families of men who had left good employment to serve their country, and it would be greatly to be regretted if they were driven to seek Workhouse relief.— Lord Bury said that not more than seven or eight letters had been received at the War Office from Boards of Guardians on the subject, and there were no complaints that the Government allowance was insuffieient.-The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke of instances within his knowledge of severe destitution.— The Duke of Cambridge and Lord Card well offered a few general remarks and Lord Beaconsfield urged that the motion for the production of papers should not be pressed, as is would lead to false imuression. The motion was withdrawn. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—THURSDAY. After a number of questions and notices had been disposed of Mr. Benett-Stanford repeated his question, of which he had given notice, with reference to the appointment of Colonel Wellesley as Secretary to the Embassy at Vienna, to which the Chancellor or the Exchequer replied that the appointment h id been made in the same way as all the other diplomatic appoint- ments. In answer to questions, the Home Secretary stated the purport of the latest official telsgrams which he had received .respecting the cotton trade riots in Lancashire. He stated that the chairmen of Quarter Sessions and the magistrates were fully alive to the situation, and were taking every precaution. Viscount Lewisliam, son of Lord Dartmouth, took his seat for West Kent, and Mr. T. B. Williams for Carmarthen. The House having gone into Committee of Supply on the Civil Service Estimates, a long and angry discussion ensued on a r.:otlon by .Mr. O'Donnell to reduce the vote for stationery and printing by the amount which, according to previous grants, lie estimated would go to the Queen's Colleges, Ireland. This motion was withdrawn, and Mr. Mitchell Henry moved that no portion of the vote he granted to the Queen's Colleges. Three hours were wasted in debating this, all the Irish obstructives taking part, Ilr, Parnell being one of the most prominent. Mr. C ave said lie regarded the entrance of Mr. Parnell into the House as a curse to the ceuntry, a remark which Mr. Parnell sub- sequently said the hon. gentleman dared not have used but fer the protection of the chair. Mr. Cowen denounced the nagging" opposition by the Irish members. After a deal more wrangling, the motion for the reduction of the vote was defeated by 123 against 20. HOUSE, OF LORDS.—FRIDAY. Some Bills having been forwarded a stage, the Earl of Harrowby enquired if it were true that the Rev. Mr. Edwards, vicar of Prestbury, who is under suspension for ritualistic prac- tices, had been selected to preach in St. Paul's Cathedral, and, if so, by whom the selection has been made. The Bishop of London replied that neither the Archdeacon (Bishop Claughton) nor Canon Gregory kuew anything of the reported appointment. HOUSE OF LORDS.-FRIDAY. Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, on behalf of the Government, gave notice of the following amendment to the motion which Lord Hartington will bring forward on Monday next That this House, being of opinion that the constitutional control of Parliament over the raising and the employment of the military forces of the Crown is fully secured by the provisions of the law and by the undoubted powers of the House to grant or refuse supplies, considers it to be unnecessary and inexpedient to affirm any resolution tending to weaken the hands of Her Majesty's Government in the present state of foreign affairs." Mr. E. Jenkins put a question to the Maiqirs of Hartington as to whether it was his intention to go to a division with his motion.—Lord. Hartington, after remarking upon the unusual character of the question, said it was his undoubted intention to do so.—Sir W. Barttelot asked if any further news had been received from the disturbed districts in Lancashire.-Tlie Home Secretary stated the substanco of the communications which he had received that morning, and expressed his opinion that the news was of a much more character than that of the previous day.—On goin,, into Committee of supply Mr. Benett- Stanfonl brought forward his motion condemning the appoint- ment of Colonel Welleslev as secretary to the Embassy at Vienna, over the heads of old and competent diplomatic servants. He disclaimed any personal motives in the matter.—Colonel Stanley rather waroilv iustified the appointment; and the Chancellor of the Exchequer said he was authorized by Lord Salisbury to state that he- had no personal acqwiintance 'with Colonel Wellesley, and had appointed him solely upon his knowledge of the Colonel's services in Russia and the East, which rendered him peculiarly well qualified for the present appointment.— After some remarks from Mr. Kuatohbull-Hugessen, Mr Baillie Cochrane, and Mr. Lowther, the House divided, and the resolution was lost by a majority of 167.—The sitting was sus- pended at seven o'clock.—The House resumed at nine o'clock, but was immediately counted out. HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY. THE EMPLOYMENT OF. INDIAN TROOPS. The Customs and Inland Revenue Bill having been read a second time, Lord Selborne called attention to the question as to whether the Indian troops excepted from the vote recited in the preamble of the Mutiny Act can, consistently with Consti- tutional law, be employed during time of peace elsewhere than in her Majesty's Indian possessions without the previous con- sent of Parliament. He maintained that the consent of Parlia- ment was necessary before troops could be employed in time of peace elsewhere than in ludia, whfether native troops or other- wise, and also that under the Indian Government Act of 1858 the Indian revenue could not legally be used, unless in the particu- lar case excepted by that Act, without the previous consent of both Houses of Parliament, for the payment of the expenses of Indian native troops serving out of India. The Lord Chancellor defended the course adopted by the Government, contending that the precedents were all in"favour of that course, and that there was no statute by which the power of the Government to employ the Indian troops as they had done was circumscribed. In this instance, he maintained that the Government had only exceeded its actual powers in one respect, and that was as to the expenditure, for the sanction of which they must go to the other House. The discussion was continued by Lord Cardwell, Lord Napier of Ettrick, the Duke of Rutland, and Earl Gran- ville.-Lord Beaconsfield, in closing the abate, said it was im- possible at this particular moment to meet attacks of this kind. The only answer of the Government could be, What we have done we have done in the belief that it is for the public service. Though attacked we must remain silent rather than injure the public service by any vindication at this moment." HOUSE OF COMMONS, MONDAY. THE DEBATE ON LORD HAR IRINGTON'S MOTION. The Chancellor of the Exchequer replying to a question put oy Mr. Rylands, said the estimates for the transport of the Indian contingent would be laid on the table in a few days. He also gave some details as to the cost of calling out the reserves, the Cape war, the extra charges in dockyards, and other ex- penses connected with warlike preparations. These supple- mentary estimates could not be submitted to the House until later in the financial year. Mr. Talbot took his seat for Oxford- University, and Mr. Palmer for Reading. The orders of the day having been postponed, the Marquis of Hartington, pursuant to notice, moved, "That, by the constitution of this realm, no forces may be raised or kept by the Crown in time of peace, with- out the consent of Parliament, within any part of the dominions of the Crown, excepting only such forces as may be actually serving- within Her Majesty's Indian possessions." He remarked that the Government claimed; as the prerogative of the Crown, the right to transfer troops raised in India which had not been voted in Parliament, and to use them in time of peace in other parts of Her Majesty's dominions. That was a claim which the Opposition denied, and they asserted, on the other hand, that it was in India only that force could be maintained without the authority of Parliament, and that, when transferred to any other part of her Majesty's dominions, Indian troops must come under the condi- tions which regulated the regular force of the Crown. Parlia- ment was sitting at the time the order was given for the move- ment of the troops, and nothing would'have been easier than for Government to have taken the constitutional course of ask- ing Parliamentary'sanetion for the step upon which they had resolved. He had no desire to obstruct this movement of Indian troops, if, after deliberation, Parliament thought it a wise and well-considered measure; but the House had a right, before this precedent was established, to consider well the grounds upon which all information regarding it had been withheld. Sir Michael Hicks-Beach moved as in amendment, "That this House, being of opinion that the constitutional control of Parliament over the raising and employment of the military forces of the Crown is fully secured by the provisions of the law and by the undoubted power of this House to grant or refuse supplies, considers it to be unnecessary and inexpedient to affirm any resolution tending to weaken the hands of her Majesty's Government in the present state of foreign affairs." The Government, he said, did not admit the accuracy of the noble marquis's statement of Constitutional doctrines, but maintained that they had acted in the matter for the best interests of the Empire, and had not in one tittle violated either the Constitution or the law of the realm. He asked the House to express its opinion that the hands of the Government should not be weakened in the present state of foreign affairs, and also to say, with no uncertain voice, that in their minds the policy which the Government had adopted was one consistent with the Constitution and the law, and with the best interests of the whole of the Eiupire. -rlio, debate was continued by Sir C. Dilke, Mr. Goldney, Mr. Dillwyn, Mr. Melver, Mr. O. Morgan, Mr. Ritchie, Mr: Laing, and other members.—It is not expected to close until Thursday night. HOUSE OF LORDS.— TUESDAY,, The House met at five o'clock.' Lord Elphinstone, in reply to Earl de la Warr, stated that it was intended to employ four additional lightens immediately above the Eurydice, in addition to the two attached one at the bow and the other at the stern and it was hoped that by these the vessel would rise with the rising tide. The number of bodies recovered up to this time was twenty. On the motion of the Duke of Richmond, some amendments were formally inserted in the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Bill, and the committee was Axed for Monday. The Adulterations of Seeds Act (1869) Amendment Bill was re1\d a third time and passed, and the Public Works Loans Bill went through committee. Lord Hardinge brought under netice the question of the pro- priety of allotting marks of proficiency in riding and athletics in the examination for entrance into Woolwich and Sandhurst Colleges, and Earl Fortescue and Lord Halifax strongly recom- mended that if possible, without impairing the intellectual qualifications, there should be seme test of physical fitness for commissions in the army.—Lord Bury stated that a committee had been appointed to investigate the subject, and their recom- mendations had been laid before the Coiamander-in-Chief, and the Secretary for War. When those recommendations had been considered by the military authorities the report would be pre- sented to Parliament.—Their Lordships rose at five minutes past six o'clock. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—TUESDAY. THE RUSSIAN PURCHASE OF STEAM SHIPS. The Speaker took the chair at four o'clock. In reply to Mr. Gourlay, the Attorney-General said Her Majesty's Government were informed that steamships had been bought in the United States by persons said to be acting on behalf of the Russian Government, but her Majesty's Govern- ment had no information leading them to believe that those vessels, in the event of war, were to be commissioned or em- ployed as privateers, in contravention of the declaration of Paris, to which Great Britain and Russia were par tics, and whereby it was agreed that privateering should be and remain abolished. By article 6, of the treaty of Washington, Great lirit.iim and the Unied* States agreed to observe the rules there laid down as binding on neutral Governments in the event of war, and her Majesty's Government had no reason to appre- hend that the United States Government lrid any intention of departing from the observance of those rules if circumstances should call for their application. He thought therefore it was hardly necessary to consider the responsibility that would at- tach to the United States Government, 01 the Russian Govern- ment, in the event of any violation on their part of the obliga- tions by which they were respectively bound under the Treaty of Washington and the declaration of Paris. (Hear, hear.)-In answer to Mr. E. Noel, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said her Majesty's Government had deferred coming to any decision with regard to treaties for the cession of extensive tracts of territory on the northern and western coasts of JJorneo, recently concluded between the representatives of an English company and the Sultans of Brunei and Lulu until after the arrival of the promoters of the Companv in England, which was expected during the summer.—Lord Castlereagh took the oath and I his seat for County Down, in the room of the late Mr J. Sharman Crawford. LORD HARTINGTON'S MOTION. The adjourned debate on Lord Hartington's resolution was re- sumed.—Mr. Fawcett contended that the course of the Government for which the pleas were utterly indefencible, would place in the hands of the Crown a power dangerous to the rights of Parihlllent awl the liberties of the people. It was the duty of the House to maintain the privileges secured after such efforts by their ancestors, and to hand them down intact. The Attorney-General entered into a very elaborate argument to show that the course pursued by the Government was not a violation oi the Bill of Rights or of any constitutional doctrine, or of legal enactment. If this resolution passed, the Crown would be prohibited from employing the volunteer or militia forces,- which the Colonies had undoubted power to raise -lr. Gtubtone contended that the course pursued by the Government was not only unconstitutional, but illegal. It was unconstitutional when the financial statement was made to with- held from the House any part of the expenditure of the year, ami not to provide for the whole of it out of the ways an(I means voted on the faith of the statement. It was illegal, for the doctrine of the Attorney-General that the Bill of Hights only restricted the prerogative of the Crown to the United Kingdom was at variance with the most solemn decision of Parliament, and with its imperial rights and functions. He denied that the Crown before the Bill of Rights had this prerogative of main- taining a standing army without the authority of Parliament, and if so these liberties now were less than they were before 1689. He also contended that the consent of Parliament must be a preliminary consent. If it was one merely after the fact it was a farce, foK the Government to claim that by the more will of a member it could drawupon India for any amount of troops, and only ask Parlia- ment to pay for them. If it had the money in haud^or if it could make the Indian Government pay it the application to Parliament might be postponed indefinitely. He ma.de a powerful appeal to the HOilse to be true to its traditions and duties. for how- ever small their minority migkt be this division would be his- torical, and he hoped that it would ;trouse the country and pos- terity to a sense of the dangerous and fatal tendencies of the policy of the Government.—The debate was continued by Sir. Balfour, Mr. Forsyth, Mr. Grantham, and Mr. Childers, in support of the policy of the Government, and Sir George Campbell, Mr. Newdegate, Sir H. Havelock in support of the resolution, and the debate was again a(l- journed on the motion of Mr. Cross.-Th-- House went into committee on the Irish Sunday Closing Bill, and after a very lively discussion, in which Major O'Gorman took a conspi- cuous part, the first five clauses were disposed of.—The House soon after aljourned at 1*30 a.m. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—WEDNESDAY. Mr. O'Shaughnessy moved the second reading of the Rating of Towns (Ireland) Bill, explaining that it aimed at the removal of difficulties which hindered those who were otherwise entitled to the franchise from obtaining it.—Mr. Mulholland moved the rejection of the measure, and, after a brief debate, the Bill was thrown out by 224 votes against 177.—Sir Harcourt Johnstone then proceeded to move the second reading of the Contagious Diseases Acts Repeal Bill, and while speaking Mr. A. Moore called the Spoker's attention to the presence of strangers. As the hon. menlbcr was not prepared to name a second teller the Speaker declared that the question as to the withdrawal of strangers had been negatived. Sir H. Johnstone was continuing his speech, when Mr. A. Moore again interposed, and some dis- cussion took place as to his competence to move that the Ladies' Gallery be cleared, the Speaker eventually deciding that the motion could not be made without notic.lJr, Moore thnr"- upon called the Speaker's attention a second tisue to the pre- sence of strangers, but this was ruled to be trifling with the House, and on the hon. member attempting to address the House further on the subject, he was called to order.—Sir Har- court Johnstone then finished his speech, and Ilr. W. H. Smith, who followed and expressed an opinion that the maintenance of the Act was necessaay, was speaking when Wednesday's time limit was reached, and the debate stood adjourned.—The order for the second reading of the Voters (Ireland) No. 2 Bill was discharged, and the HOlle a<lionrnpfl.

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