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Mr. Birrell defines the issues. The issues that will be put before you next January, if the House of Lords reject the Budget, will be: First and foremost the place of the House of Lords in the future in the Constitution of this country second, .the full and. free determination of the House of Commons to maintain to the death its rights of control over the finances of the count,ry; and, third, the fierce opposition to any proposed legislation which must have the effect of increasing the prices of the necessar- ies of life. In these plain terms Mr. Birrell put before the great meeting the momentous issues which were involved in the rejection by the House of Lords of the Finance Bill. It was idle to deny, he said, that they were on the eve of a great contest, if it. be true, as he was told, that the non-representative Cham- ber meant solemnly, and formally, and after due notice, to, challenge the right, hitherto prac- tically undisputed, of the representatives of the people to determine how the great and growing burden of taxation was to be distributed over the land. If they challenged that right, and sought to depart from the ancient custom of this realm,, and if they disregarded the rights which their forefathers won for them, all he could say was that it was they who had thrown away the sword, and the Liberal party would cast away the scabbard till victory was finally won. (Cheers.) There was no need at this time to discuss closely the details of the Budget. The fact stoou out that here they were on 12th November, and the Budget was not yet passed. Such a thing had never occurred before. It was true that it had emerged from the House of Cb-mmons sup-

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--Mr. Birrell defines the…