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HOUSE OF COMMONS, MONDAY, JUNE 19. The Speaker took the chair shortly before four o'cloch. WEST INDIAN DISTRESS. Oil the motion of Lord John Russell, that the Speaker do row leave the chair, and the House resolve itself into a Com- nuttee upon the resolutions which he proposed on Friday last, .v, :,Ell respect to distress in the West Indies, Mr. E. Ellice rose and said, the deeply melancholy interest with which the affairs of the West India colonies was viewed throughout the country would be some apology for his opposing tomotion of his noble friend, in order that they might en- devour to obtain from her Majesty's Government some further c >1 utuition of the views they entertained with respect to the state of these colonies. He entreated his noble friend to g some explanation of his further views with regard to these (tonics, for, as to himself, he would say that while disposed v.Tcver possible to support his noble friend, he would not u .Jtion these resolutions until he had heard a much more satis- f i Uorv account of his noble friend's further policy on the sub- ieec (h.:ar). Lord John Russell: What the right hon. gentleman (Mr. i'T lce) asks us to do i, to enter into a discussion and general ex- planation of our views now, before the hon. baronet shall in >k. his motion. But that is a course which I am not pre- V'< red to adopt. Sir J. Pakington then rose to move, pursuant to notice, That this House, considering the evidence taken during this action before a Select Committee, is of opinion that the re- it proposed by her Majesty s Government for the great distress of the sugar-growing possessions of the Crown, and ich that committee has said will require the immediate ap- plication of relief, will neither effect that object nor check the s:i:aulus to the slave trade which the diminution of the culti- viton of sugar in those colonies has inevitably occasioned." Sir E. N. Buxton seconded the amendment of the hon. Tmronet, and said that he must deny that the abolition of the apprenticeship system gave the colonists any additional claim (Y' che mother country. In his opinion the policy which was most consistent with justice and humanity, was that contained i i the Act of 1844, which wholly excluded sugar the produce a. ",Ltve labour. The amendment having been put, The Chancellor of the Exchequer complained that neither tiimover nor seconder of the amendment had explained what means of relief they proposed for the West India planter, or Vv-hat amount of protection they would substitute for that which the resolutions of the government would establish. The hon. baronet (Sir J. Pakington) having given notice of the terms of his amendment, had twice changed his mind, and had now pu* it in a shape in which he thought it might succeed in ( t' chinu' a few stray votes. His hon. friend (Sir E. N. Buxton) s ui fairly cii.)u,h that lie would totally exclude Itb,yc-grown f bjgar (hear, hear). Mr. K. Sey mermaid his object was toforce upon the Govern- ment a reconsideration of this important question. Mr. Hum/concurred in the opinion that this was not a qucsv t: i-. within the category of free trade, which supposed that the p-Vrties acting upon it should be upon equal terms. Mr. Moffatt moved that the debate be adjourned (go on). Mr. Robinson seconded the motion. The debate was then adjourned to Thursday next. PUBLIC HEALTH BILL. Viscount Morpeth moved that the bill be read a third time, 'w:'ll'h \as agreed to. llill was passed. The House adjourned at twenty minutes to one.






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