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HOUSE OF COMMONS.—FRIDAY. The SPEAKER took the chair at four o'clock. REDUCTION Of THE ESTIMATES Mr. HOLMES gave notice that on Monday week in com- mittee of supply On the Army Estimates, he Will move a reduction of the number of men by 20,000. CONTAGIOUS DISEASE. SirJ. TRELAWNEV gave notice that on Thursday next he will move that the House be called over on the 21st of March, when the Contagious Diseases Bill will be under discission. ELECTIONS BILL. Mr. C. BENTINCK gave notice that on going into Com- mittee on the Parliamentary and Municipal Elections Bill, he will move that it be an instruction to the com- mittee to provide that votes and divisions in the House of Commons be taken by ballot (laughter). DISTURBANCES IN ROUMANIA. In reply to Sir FREDERICK GOLDSMID, Lord EN- FIELD said it _was true that at two small towns in Roumania serious disturbances had taken place, and assaults had been committed upon the Jewish people in consequence of a robbery and sacrilege alleged to have been committed by a Jew in the Cathedral Church of IsmaiL The English ConsUl-G encral (Mr. Green) had appealed to the authorities to restore order, and Her Majesty had instructed Mr. Green, by telegram, to do what he could with a view of bringing about this result. THE EDUCATION IN IRELAND. In answer to Mr. LESLIE, Mr. GLADSTONE said the effect of the declarations made by the Government on the subject of public education in Ireland, was simply to point to the higher description of education. There was requiring of some material change in the public arrangement of the country in order to do justice to all sections of the people but they had made no such declaration with regard to the primary system of education in Ireland. On the contrary, they had always considered there was nothing in it calling for anything in the nature of a fundamental change. AMERICAN FISHERIES. In reply to Mr. DALRYMPLE, Mr. KNATCIIBULL-HUGESSEN said that no collisions had occurred between North American and Canadian fisher- men last year, and none were apprehended in the approach- ing season'; but, when the proper time arrived, the Government would, according to the usual practice, issue instructions on the subject to the Admiralty stations. IRISH COUNTY OFFICERS. The Marquis of HARTINGTON, in reply to Mr. VANCE, said that he hoped before Easter to introduce a Bill deal- ing with the duties and emoluments of several of the county officers in Ireland, and he saw no reason why the regulation of the office of coroner should not be included. THE PUBLIC SAFETY. In answer to Mr CADOGAN, Mr. BRUCE said that he had received no information as to the insecure condition of private structures in course of erection along the route of the expected royal pro- cession. The matter was under the charge of the Metro- politan Board of Works, and they had directed the Sur- veyor to carefully examine all the structures along the line of route, with a vew to ascertain their condition. THE ROYAL PROCESSION. Mr. GLADSTONE replying to Mr. KENNAWAY, said he had made enquiry of the Lord Chamberlain as to the arrangements that had been made for the Royal proces- sion on Tuesday next, and he was informed that the procession would be in two portions, the division between the two being made by a certain number of the military. The first portion would include the carriages conveying and forming the suites of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Lord Chancellor and the Commander-in- Chief, and the Duke of Cambridge. The second por- tion of the procession would contain three State carriages, conveying the Sovereign; the members of the Royal Family; and all who wouid be in attendance on them. DENOMINATIONAL TEACHING. In reply to Mr. Alderman CARTER, Mr. FORSTER said that no instruction had been issued to the School Boards not to provide more school accom- modation in their districts than the actual deficiency re- quired, without regard to the suitableness of the existing schools in respect of denominational teaching therein; nor had the inspector authority to represent that the Education Department was opposed to the establishment of new Board Schools in districts where the existing schools were found unsuitable to the requirements of the population in consequence of the denominational character of teaching in such schools. DISTURBANCES IN MAYO. The Marquis of HARTINGTON, in reply to Mr. G. BROWNE, stated that in 1870 the disturbed state of the county of Mayo made it necessary to increase the number of the county constabulary, but that since then the con- dition of the county had so much improved that the Government hoped it would shortly be in their power to make a. considerable reduction in the number of the con- stabulary there employed. THE JURY LAW. In answer to Mr. LOPES, the ATTORNEY GENERAL hoped before very long to bring in a Bill for amending and consolidating the law in respect of summoning, at- tendance, and remuneration of jurymen. EX-GOVERNOR EYRE. Mr. JOHNSTONE gave notice that on Monday next he will ask the Prime Minister whether in consideration of the long and valuable public services of Mr. Edw. John Eyre, ex-Governor of Jamaica, and the unjust persecu- tion to which he has been subjected for having saved Jamaica from rebellion and ruin, it is the intention of the Government to confer on him an adequate pension, or give him a suitable appointment under the Crown. On the order for going into Committee of Supply, LEE CONSERVANCY ACT. Mr. DUNSDALE called attention to the operation of the Lee Conservancy Act, 1868, and to the heavy pecuniary burdens its provisions impose on the residents in the towns and villages situate on the banks of the Lee and iss tributaries. Mr. BRUCE thought there was no case for the inter- ference of the Government. A short conversation ensued, and the subject dropped. THE EX-NAWAB OF TONK. Sir C. WINGFIELD moved an address praying her Ma- jesty to refer the case of the Ex-Nawab of Tonk for consi- deration by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, under the provisions of the Privy Council Act. Mr. GRANT DUFF entered into a lengthened history of the case, and contended that no injustice had been done to the Ex-Nawab. He opposed the motion, and said it was impossible to refer it to the tribunal suggested by Sir C. Wingfield. A protracted discussion followed. Division on Sir C. Wingfield's motion :-For, 84; against, 120 majority, 36. BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE. The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER moved the follow- ing resolutions "1. That strangers shall not be directed to withdraw during any debate, except upon a question put and agreed to, without amendment or debate. 2. That whenever notice has been given that Estimates will be moved in Committee of Supply, and the Committee stands as the first Order of the Day upon any day except Thursday and Friday, on which Government Orders have pre- cedence, the Speaker shall, when the Order for the Com- mittee has been read, forthwith leave the chair without putting any question, and the House shall thereupon resolve itself into such Committee, unless on first going into Committee on the Army, Navy, or Civil Service Esti- mates respectively, an amendment be moved relating to the division of Estimates proposed to be considered on that day. 3. That when the House, after a morning sitting, resumes its sitting at 9 o'clock, and it appears, on notice being taken, that 40 members are not present, the House shall suspend debate and proceedings until half- past 8 o'clock, and Mr. Speaker -shall then count the House, and if 40 members are not then present, the House shall stand adjourned."








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