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HOUSE OF LORDS. MONDAY. ANSWER TO THE ADDRESS. The Earl of LIVERPOOL, as Lord Steward of the House- hold, presented, by order of Her Majesty, the answer to the address agreed to by their lordships on Thursday last, which was read by the Lord Chancellor. P'OOR LAW (IRELAND). The Marquis of CLANRICARDE, in rising pursuant to no- tice to move for certain returns relative to the operation of the Poor Law in Ireland, observed, that as he understood no opposition would be offered to his motion it would not be necessary for him to detain the house at any length. He wished to obtain an account of the expenditure that had been incurred in building poorhouses, the expense of main- taining paupers in different unions, the amount of rates levied in various unions, and several other returns connected with the administration of the Poor Laws in lrelan rom these he conceived it would be apparent that gieat ex rava- gance prevailed, and that the number of persons relieved bore a very small proportion to the greatness of the ex- penditure. The consequence was, that the measure had become in the highest degree unpopular. He had opposed many parts of the bill, and especially the clause introduced by the noble duke, though ineffectually. The noble mar- quis concluded by moving for a long series of papers, inclu- ding copies of rules and regulations drawn up by boards of guardians in Ireland, and approved of by the Poor Law Commissioners. The Duke of WELLINGTON said, he had no objection whatever to the production of the greater part of the returns called for. Her Majesty's Government felt deep anxiety on this subject, and would be most happy to render the mea- sure as good, effective, and as beneficial ale possible. LAW OF DEBTOR AND CREDITOR. Lord COTTENIIAM laid on the table a bill relating to the arrest of debtors taken in execution, and for altering and amending the law of debtor and creditor. Lord BROUGHAM said the subject was one of the greatest importance, and he hoped the opportunity would be taken by his noble and learned friend (Lord Lyndhurst), and Her Majesty's Government, to revise, if possible, the whole sys- tem of law respecting insolvency and bankruptcy. Lord COTTENHAM said, that one of the objects of the bill wars the improvement of those laws. The LORD CHANCELLOR said, he had not lost sight of the object to which his noble and learned friend had adverted, and lie was anxious to do all in his power to carry that object into effect. In reply to a question from Lord COTTENHAM, The LORD CHANCELLOR said he could not inform his noble and learned friend, nor could he explain the course which Her Majesty's Government might take, until he saw how far the bill of his noble and learned friend went, and to what point it extended. The object of this measure was to facilitate the recovery of small claims by a more expeditious and less expensive process than was now required for that purpose. A third and most important measure was intended to effect an improvement in the law relating to insolvency, and would, he believed, provide for the better administration of that law. He felt it was not necessary that he should go further than to say that these measures would be brought under the considerations of their lordships without loss of Lord CAMPBELL had heard this announcement with great satisfaction, and hoped the measures to which his noble and learned friend had just alluded would be laid before the House as speedily as possible, in order that they might meet with that full discussion which from their importance they The LORD CHANCELLOR begged to assure his noble and learned friend that the Bankruptcy Bill of last session was introduced at a sufficiently early period. It was fully dis- cussed by their lordships, and went to the other House of Parliament. It was there discussed fully, deliberately, and repeatedly. It was discussed in all its stages, and for several successive nights. Indeed, he might venture to say that no measure was ever so fully discussed than the Bankruptcy Bill of the last session. After a few words from Lord BROUGHAM, The LOHD CHANCELLOR moved, that the bill of the noble lord (Denman) be read a first time. It was read accordingly.


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