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HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY. Their Lordships met at live o'clock. IRISH TEMPORALITIES COMMISSION. The Earl of LONGFORD presented a petition from the In- corporated Society of Attorneys and Solicitors of Ireland, praying that the vacancy in the Irish Church Tem- poralities Commission caused by the death of the Right Hon. G, A. Ha nilton should be filled up. IRISH RAILWAYS. The Marquis of CLANRICARDE moved for copies of the instructions under which Captain Tyler was authorised to collect information respecting the financial condition and prospects of the railways of Ireland, and of the reports or other communications to the Government from that officer. The Earl of DUFFERIN stated that Captain Tyler had not been instructed to inquire into the financial prospects or the status of the Irish railways, but had been permitted rather than authorised to take advantage of his visit to Ireland to enter into communication with various persons interested in the management of Irish railways, and to ascertain what, in their opinion, were the terms on which the railways may be bought Under these circumstances the Government had no report or communication to pro- duce. The Marquis of CLANRICARDE, in withdrawing the motion, said he should on a future occasion again bring the subject before the House. MISCELLANEOUS. The Duke of RICHMOND asked what bills the Govern- ment intended to originate in the House of Lords. Earl GRANVILLE remarked that of late years the ques- tion of the inequalities of the business transacted in the two Houses had been constantly brought forward. He reminded their lordships that several of the bills now before the Commens, such as the Secret Voting and Cor- rupt Practices Bills had special reference to the House. He believed that three Irish bills-the Bankruptcy Bill, the Prisoners' Bill, and the Bill for Abolition of Impri- sonment for Debt would be introduced before Easter time, and others of less importance, but it was not likely that their lordships would be as fully employed as was de- sirable before Easter. The Marauis of SALISBURY urged the importance of some step being taken by their lordships to remedy the evil. He suggested that such measures as did not involve party considerations might be initiated in the House of Lords. Earl GREY said the effect of the present system was that when legislation did take place it was imperfect, crude, hasty, and ill-considered. Matters were better regulated in former times, especially in the House of Commons, but the Government in both Houses had displayed a great want of energy and discretion in the conduct of public business. Lord REDESDALE thought that good rather than harm frequently resulted from the rejection of a measure by their Lordships, on the ground of want of time to con- sider it; the result generally was, that when the Bill was again brought in the following Session, it was a much more matured measure. Lord HALIFAX thought the functions of the House of Lords were as a rule better exercised in the revision of the measure than in the introduction. The subject then dropped. COURT OF FINAL APPEAL. Lord WESTBURY asked the Lord Chancellor if it was his intention to bring in before the Easter recess any bill for the establishment of a Supreme Court of Final Appeal. If not, he wished to be informed why not ? NEW COURTS OF JUDICATURE. The LORD CHANCELLOR said he intended before Easter to introduce two Bills, one for establishing a High Court of Judicature, and tha other for establishing a court for appellate jurisdiction. The House adjourned at 7.20 p.m.