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HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY. The Speaker took the chair at four o'clock. NEW MEMBERS. Mr. PENDER took his seat for the Wick Boroughs, in the place of Mr. LOCH resigned; and Lord R. GROSVENOR took his seat for Flintshire upon his re-election. METROPOLITAN IMPROVEMENTS. The second reading of the Metropolitan Improvements Bill was opposed, but after some diseussion it was read a second time. A further motion to refer the Bill to a Select Committee of ten members, was negatived by a majority of 170 to 122. NEW WRIT. On the motion of Mr. NOEL, a new writ was ordered for Wallingford in the room of Mr. Stanley Vickers. NOTICE OF MOTION. Mr. MUNDELLA gave notice that in the event of Mr. Forster's amendment to Mr. Dixon's resolution becoming the question, he should move that in the opinion of this House it is desirable, first, that the Education Act of 1870 should be so amended as to secure the general election of School Boards secondly, that there should be a compul- sory attendance at school of all children of school age; thirdly, that there should be a modification of the clause under which the fees are paid on behalf of parents. EX GOVERNOR EYRE. In reply to Mr. BOWRING, Mr. GLADSTONE said that the Government considered that it was bound by the correspondence which had taken place, to bring forward an estimate to reimburse the legal expenses of Governor Eyre. MURDER OF A BRITISH SUBJECT IN SPAIN. In reply to Mr. H. VIVIAN, Lord ENFIELD regretted to say that it was true that a British subject, named James Ross, was murdered on the 2nd of July last, at San Juan, near the port of Huelva, in Spain. He was a railway employé, and his mur- derer was at once reported to the Foreign Office by Mr. Reed, who stated that the murderer was the son of the second alcade of the place, and was openly at large. Representations had been repeatedly made to the Spanish Government by Mr. Reed, in the absence of Mr. Layard within the last few weeks. Mr. Reed had been ordered to proceed and personally investigate the case. He regretted to state that the murderer was still at large, although the Spanish authorities had been constantly urged to bring him to justice. The Vice-Consul at Huelva was a Spaniard, but he spoke good English, and had held his post for twelve years. THE MONEY ORDER SYSTEM. In reply to Sir J. PAKINGTON, Mr. MONSELL said that a proposal had been made to the Government of India about a year ago to extend the foreign and colonial money order system to that country. He believed it would be accepted shortly, but no official reply had been received OPERATION OF THE EDUCATION BILL. In reply to Mr GORDON, Mr. FORSTER stated that up to the 27th of January, in boroughs outside the Metropolis, seventy Board Schools had been established, of which thirty-three were new ones; and in parishes not in boroughs 107 Board Schools. In London there were now fourteen Board Schools, all of which had been transferred. The total was 191 schools, with 18,331 children in attendance. But this gave no just idea of the action of the Boards which had not yet been fully applied to new schools, or to the transfer of old ones to the Boards. SHIPMENT OF COMMUNIST PRISONERS TO THIS COUNTRY. In reply to Mr. DAVENPORT, Lord ENFIELD said that inquiries has been made at the various French ports with respect to the shipment of Communist prisoners to this country. The result was it was reported by the consuls that at Havre, Brest. Cher- bourg, and Boulogne no prisoners whatever had been shipped. With regard to Calais 19 prisoners had been sent to Dover; they were not political offenders, but men whose term of imprisonment for civil offences had expired. With respect to Dieppe, 20 French Communist prisoners whose passage was paid, had been placed on board vessels for this country. Lord Lyons was at once directed to strongly remonstrate against this practice. COINAGE OF SILVER QUESTION. In reply to a question from Mr. BARNETT, The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER stated that no coinage of silver was at present going on, inasmuch as the steps which had been taken to meet the pressure towards the close of last year had already overtaken the demand. The value of silver received at the bank in 1871, was R566,000, and the value issued £ 65,000. In reply to Colonel TOMLINE, The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER said the hon. and gallant member seemed to assume that there was some particular prerogative which decided the circulation of the country, and appeared to desire to know what that amount was. The Government had no possible means of ascertaining that amount. They could tell when there was a pressure for coinage, and then they endeavoured to meet it, and they could tell when there was an over supply, in which case they abstained from coining. It was just the same as if he was asked to tell the quantity of water in a river, because it was easy to tell when the water was falling or when it overflowed. THE CUBAN REVOLT. In reply to Mr. T. HUGHES, Lord ENFIELD said that neither the Foreign nor the Colonial Office had any information of refugees escaping from massacre in large numbers to Jamaica from Cuba. THANKSGIVING DAY IN DOCKYARDS. In reply to Sir J. ELPHINSTONE, Mr. GOSCHEN said it was not correct that the convicts in the Dockyards had a holiday on thanksgiving day, whilst the artizans were kept ut work at Woolwich and Deptford. A holiday was given to enable them to see the procession, but generally there was so much pressure and urgency that it was not thought right to dispense with the labour of so many thousand hands. The convicts were confined to their cells that day. ARMY ESTIMATES. The House having, on the motion of Mr. CARDWELL, gone into Committee of Supply, Mr. CARDWELL moved the following resolution ;— That a number of land forces, not exceeding 133,649 of all ranks (including an average number of 6,185 all ranks to be employed with the depots in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland of regiments serving in her Majesty's Indian possessions), be maintained for the ser- vice of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, from the 1st day of April, 1872, to the 31st day of March, 1873, inclusive." Mr. HOLMS moved as an amendment that the number of men be reduced by 20;000. The hon. gentleman con- tended that with regard to the Militia force, tke Govern- ment were proposing to continue a bad system of recruit- ing, by recruiting the Militia alongside the Line and were also about to enlarge a Militia force which had been condemned by the rest of the world, and that all this was to be done at an expense which was extravagant and out of all proportion to the result He maintained that if the standing army was kept at 83,000 and then were better paid, and in other respects on a more substantial footing, there would be no difficulty whatever in filling the ranks, and that by treating the reserve in a more liberal manner and giving them £ 3 a year instead ef tl, a first reserve of 60,000 men, and a second reserve of 50,000 might be kept up by reducing the army as he suggested, and putting the 20,000 thus struck off into the reserve. He calculated upon a direct saving to the country of three quarters of a million and by the action of a short service system, and the consequent absorption of the men into industrious occupations, there would, he argued, be a great gain to themselves. Mr. MUNTZ, who seconded the motion, argued that there were no circumstances which justified the Govern- ment in asking for so large a number of men as had been included in the vote before the committee. Lord EUSTACE CECIL entered upon a general criticism of the army scheme of the present Government, and ex- pressed a hope that the system of selection would not ful- fil the evil prediction it had given rise to, but that every safeguard would be adopted which could have the effect of working it well for the army generally. Major ANSON, while commenting on certain points of the new scheme which he considered open to observation, gave to it as a whole his cordial approval. Mr. CAMPBELL, Financial Secretary to the War Office, le replied to the criticisms of the hon. gentlemen who had taken part in the debate, and expressed his conviction that the new scheme would be found in its practical operation to justify the most favourable anticipations of the Government He trusted that the committee would not, by adopting the amendment of the hon. member for Hackney, create an obstacle to the efficient carrying out of a plan which had already received so large an amount of public favour, but that the committee would allow a fair opportunity for the working of the scheme, and par- ticularly await the result of the proposed changes. Mr. 1. STANLEY who bestowed some friendly criticisms on certain details involved in the scheme, brought for- ward by the Government, gave it his approval as a whole, and expressed a hope that the hon. member for Hackney would not press his amendment. Major WALKER concurred in the general commendations which the new scheme had received, but drew attention to various points which he considered fraught with possible danger, unless the greatest care were exercised in the practical working of the entire plan.