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HOUSE OF COMMONS. FRIDAY, AUG. 5.—Several petitions were presented in favour of the Kildare-street Society by Mr. Lefroy, Lord Cole, and Mr. J. Wynn. Colonel Percival presented two petitions from the county of Armagh, against the grant to Maynooth College, which, after a long discussion of no general interest, was ordered to be laid on the table. Mr. O'Connell presented a petition praying that the Sub-letting Act might be repealed. Mr. Shell said it was absolutely necessary that the affairs of Ireland should be attended to, and this measure, whieh had proved a failure, must be revoked. 'I he petition was ordered to be printed. REFORM BILL. The Chancellor of the Exchequer having moved the order of the day for going into committee on the reform bill, Lord J. Stewart said he had a petition in his possession, which he had not yet had an opportunity of presenting, from the town and port of Cardiff, praying that they might retain their right of sending a member to parliament, and not be merged in the large population of Merthyr Tidvil, which in itself was entitled to a representative. The noble lord said he had given his full sup- port to his Majesty's ministers in all other parts of the bill, but that they were treating his constituents of Cardiff with the greatest injustice. Mr. Alderman Thompson said he had also a petition from Mer- thyr Tydvil, praying to have the right of sending their own re- presentative. He fully agreed with the petitioners. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said that the questions would properly be considered when they came to schedule F. If mi- nisters had done that injustice to his noble friend's constituents with which he charged them, they had certainly not done it in- advertently), having given the subject full consideration. Col. Wood said that when they came to schedule F he should move that Merthyr be taken out from the other boroughs, and given a representative of its own. Mr. Knight said that the population of Merthyr would over- whelm all the other places included in the constituency and that as they had different interests and feelings the latter would certainly not be represented at all. He thought that the exten- sive manufacturing and mining interests of the county of Gla- morgan deserved a larger representation than four members could give them. He should support any proposition for removing these objections to the bill. Sir R. Vivian gave notice that he should to-morrow bring before the house the important subject of Holland and Belgium. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said they had certainly been surprised upon receiving information from Sir C. Bagot that the armistice was broken. They were surprised, because on the same morning a minister had been sent by the King of Holland to this country, and although he had had an interview with his noble friend at the head of the foreign department, he had men- tioned nothing imglying that the armistice was intended to be broken. It was not until late in the evening, after a question had been put to his noble friend upon the subject, that they received information, through the dispatches of Sir C. Bagot, that the armistice was broken. The house then went into a committee on the reform bill, when it was resolved the following places should be inserted in schedule D, and each return one member, viz :—Brighthelmstone, Bolton- le-Moors, including the townships of Great and Little Bolton, Blackbourn, Bradford, Cheltenham, including the town and parish, Dudley, and Frome. On Gateshead being put, the house divided, when the numbers were— For the motion 264 Againstit. 160 Majority 104 Huddersheld, and Kidderminster, were next agreed to be plated in schedule D. Kendal after a few words from Mr. Croker, was postponed till Saturday. Macclesfield, Oldham, R,ochdale, Salford, South Shields, Stockport, Stoke-upon-Trent, Teign- mouth, Wakefield, Warrington, and Whitby, were ordered to stand in schedule D when the Chairman reported progress, and asked leave to sit again to-morrow, which was agreed to. The other orders of the day having been disposed of, the house adj. SATURDAY, AUG. 6.-AFFAIRS OF BELGIUM AND HOL- LAND.-Soon after twelve o'clock, the House of Commons re- assem tiled* In consequence of Sir R. Vivian's notice of his intention to move for papers respecting Belgium, there was a very full attendance of members on both sides of the house. The Speaker having taken the chair, the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer adverted to Sir R. Vivian's notice, and expressed a hope that it might be postponed, as it would be quite impossible, con- sistently with safety to the public service, to comply with it. Sir R. Vivian replied, that he wished not to embarrass his Majesty's ministers; but, in consequence of the news that had arrived from France, and fearing that the English government contemplated the adoption of some similar course, he could not consent to postponement. The Marquis of Chandus inquired whether the government had received intelligence of the march of the French army for Bel- gium and if so, whether that movement had the sanction of the English ministers. Lord Palmerston replied, that government had that morning received such intelligence from Lord Granville, our minister in Paris, to whom, in common with like intimations to the ambas- sadors of the other great powers, the French government had formally announced its intention to march troops into Belgium, to secure the independence and neutrality of that country. The Marquis of Chandos said he wished also to know whether Leopold had made application for aid to England similar to that made to France 1 Lord Palmerston replied, that all he could say was that King Leopold had notified to all the contracting parties the step adopted by Holland and, therefore, to England, as well as to the other powers. Sir R. Vivian again assured the noble lord that he had no in- tention to do any thing that was calculated to embarrass his Ma- jesty's government, but he begged to ask the noble lord whether it was the intention of his Majesty's government to send the fleet now in the Channel to the coast of Holland 1 The whole ques- tion appeared to him to be now brought to an issue. Lord Palmerston said, his Majesty's government would be, of course, responsible for whatever measures they might take but the time to put government on their defence was, after those mea- sures were taken, and not before. (Hear.) He should, there- fore, decline to answer the question to which he had alluded; and he felt convinced that the house would be of opinion that he was pursuing a proper course in so doing. (Hear, hear.) Sir R. Vivian gave notice he should submit his contemplated motion on Tuesday. REFORM BILL. The first question put was, that Kendal, including the town of Kendal and the township of Kirkland, stand part of schedule D, which was agreed to as was also the question that Whitehaven, including the town of Whitehaven, town and parish of Working- ton, and parish of Harrington, Cumberland, stand part of sche- dule D. Mr. D. Gilbert, after a few words, moved, pursuant to notice, that Penzance, with three adjacent places, be added to schedule D, and be entitled to return one member to parliament. The motion was withdrawn as was the motion of Mr. Rigby Wason, that Toxteth-park and Harrington be included in schedule D, so as to return one representative. After a few words from Mr. Croker, Mr. Estcourt, and several other members, the motion was put from the chair, that clause 3 B, as amended, do stand part of the bill, and was carried without a division. The Chairman next put the question that the blank in clause 4 be filled up by the word two," which, after an ineffectual opposition from Mr. Baring Wall and Mr. Ure, was carried in the affirmative. The Chairman then reported progress, and obtained leave to sit again on Tuesday next. Adjourned at half-past six o'clock. MONDAY, AUGUST 8.—DUBLIN ELECTION.—Mr. R. Gordon brought up the report of the select committee appointed to in- quire into the merits of a petition, complaining of an undue election and return for the city of Dublin. It stated that the Right Hon. Robert Harty, Lord Mayor of the city of Dublin, and Lewis Perrin, Esq., were not duly returned, and that they were guilty of bribery by their counsel or agents. It also stated that certain persons holding high official situations in Ireland had used undue influence in favour of the sitting members, and consequently, that the election was null and void. The report was laid on the table, and the evidence adduced before the committee was ordered to be printed. Mr. H. Gordon then moved that Mr. Speaker should direct a new writ to be issued for the return of two members for the city of Dublin. Mr. C. Pel-ham, said that this case required the most minute investigation. He should therefore move, as an amendment, that the writ be suspended, and the debate adjourned to this day week. After some discussion a division took place, and there ap- peared For the motion 76 For the amendment 51 Blajority —25 The writ of course will issue. « POLAND. Mr. Hunt presented a petition from the Westminster Union. The petitioners stated, that having witnessed with pain that the Emperor of Russia had for some time past been waging an unjust and iniquitous war against Poland, they sent a memorial to Lord Palmerston, requesting the interposition of government for the protection of that country; complained that the noble lord had treated their memorial with the utmost contempt; and concluded by praying the house to dismiss Lord Palmerston from his coun- cils. (Laughter.) Lord Palmerston begged to assure the members of the West- minster Union, that it was not from any feeling of disrespect towards them that he had declined to inform them of the inten- tions of government with respect to the war between Russia and Poland. Mr. Hume did not desire the noble Lord (Palmerston) to give any answer which was inconsistent with his duty but he wished to know whether any thing was to be done for unhappy Poland. The petition was then laid on the table; and on the motion that it be printed, Mr. Hume said, that he concluded from the silence of the government that they intended to do nothing for the Poles, but allow them to remain at the mercy of Russia. He would second the motion for the printing of the petition, because the noble Lord had refused to give him any answer to the ques- tion which he had put. Lord Palmerston assured the hon. member that his silence did not arise from any disrespect to him. He could not consistently with his duty make the hon. member those explanations which he desired, but this at least he would undertake to say, that whatever obligations existing treaties imposed would at all times receive the attention of government. Mr. Hunt withdrew the motion. GAME CERTIFICATES. The house then resolved itself into committee. The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved a resolution to the effect that it was the opinion of the committee that an annual sum of £ 2 should be paid for certificates by persons licensed to deal in game. Col. Sibthorpe thought the sum far too low for a certificate. Mr. Hunt suggested that persons who used a double-barrel gun should pay ±4 for a licence, and persons using a single-barrel gun ,£2. (A laugh.) He himself always used a double-barrel gun. The house then resumed. Upon the motion of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the house went into a committee on the Game bill. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, that as it was late in the season, and as he wished to try the experiment of the bill as early as possible, he should propose that the act should come into operation twenty days after it had passed. A conversation upon this subject ensued between the Chancel- lor of the Exchequer, the Marquis of Chandos, Mr. Protheroe, Mr. Goulburn, and other members. The amendment was agreed to. Upon the clause inflicting penalties for the offence of laying down wires on Sunday and Christmas-day, and for the offence of laying down poison for game in inclosed or exposed places, &c., in the King's highway, it was at length agreed to, that the fine of £ 5 should be inflicted for the first offence, and imprison- ment for certain terms for the second or third. The clause giving tenants the power of appointing gamekeepers was agreed to be struck out of the bill. Several other clauses were agreed to, and leave was obtained to sit again on Wednesday. The Duchess of Kent's Annuity Bill was read a second time, and ordered to be committed to morrow. The Chancellor of the Exchequer postponed the second read- ing of the Wine Duties Bill to Monday. The Vestries Bill was read a second time, and ordered to be committed on Monday next. Mr. Wyse moved for leave to bring in a bill to establish a national system of education in Ireland.—Leave was given to bring in the bill. The other orders were then disposed of, and the house ad- journed at 20 minutes to three o'clock.

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