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A RETROSPECT OF TH1J SESSION.

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A RETROSPECT OF TH1J SESSION. On Monday the third S'ion of the twenty- fourth Parliament of tho United Kingdom, and the twelfth of her Majesty Queen Victoria, came to an end. The Houses met. on Feb. 9, so that the Session has lasted forty-five weeks, from which fifteen have to be deducted as representing the Easter and Whitsuntide holidays and the iong vacation, It is the tirat time siuce the year 1852 that circumstances have made it necessary for Parliament to sit in Christmas week. It is always interesting, if not profitable, to compare the results of a session with its early promise. In this view ministers have to regret the collapse of many of their cherished projects. The Q.iecu's Speech, in February, announced, inter alia, that measures would be introduced tending to develop the resources of ilrclland to cheapen the transfer of land to modify the pro- cedure by which tttifo tent-rent charge, is collected to promote technical education; to remedy abuses in tl)e formation ot companies under limited liability to amend the law as to the liability of employers in caries of accidents to improve the position of the Scottish Universities; to regulate the hcrough police in Scotland; and to diminish the cost of private bill legislation. Nearly all of these measures were introduced, and several of them made considerable progress but in the end the whole of them, owing to want of time and other impediments which stood ill the way of parliamentary business, had to be saorified. During the session that ended Monday ten members of the House of Cor) in orii have died, viz., Mr Yeo (Gower Divi- sion of Glamorgan), Mr E. D. Gray (Dublin), Mr It. F. Campbell (Ayr), Colonel Kuig-ILumau (Isle of Tiiaiet),iNir Henry Richard (Merthyr Tydvil), Colonel l'rotter (Colchester), Colonel Duncan (Holborn), Major Ross (Maid- stone), Sir William Pearce (Govan Division of Lanarkshire), and (it is believed) Mr J. D. Pyne (Waterford). The following members resigned their seate :— Mr A. Cohen, Q C (West Southwark), Mr Lacaita (Dundee), Mr Walter Shirley, (Doncaster), Mr W. J. Eveiyn (Deptford), the Earl of March (Chichester), Mr 0. H. James (Merthyr Tydvil), Mr H. J. Gill (Limerick), Mr Stephen Masou Sir J. E, C nnuierell (Southamp- Lpn), Mr Laurence Connolly (South Longford), Mr Kenuedy (South Sligo), Lord U!¡,tld Hamil- ten (West Derby Division of Liverpool), Mr MacdonaJd (Edinburgh ana St Andrews Univer- sity), S,r Joini Siniou (Dewnbury), and Mr Dodds (Stockton-on-Tee--). Lord Knutstord (Sir H. Holland) and tiie Duke of Rutland (Lord John Manners) vacated their seats in the Commons in consequence ofbecoming peers. I The following new members have been elected to the House of Commons to fill vacancies: The Attorney-General for Ireland (Dublin University). Mr Moss (Winchester), Mr Martinson (Walton Division of Liverpool), inlu Kiibride (South Kerry), Mr Maple (Dulwich), Professor Stokes (Cambridge University), Mr Causton (West Southwark), Mr Firth (Dundee), Mr Brodie Hoare (Hampsiend), Mr W. H. W. Fiizwilliam (Doncaster), Mr Darling, Q.C. (Deptford), Lord Waiter Gordon-Lennox (Chichester), Mr David Alfred kliornao; (Merthyr Tydvil), Mr David Randell (Gower), Mr O'IÚetre (Limerick), Mr Philipps (Mid-Lanark), Mr T. A. Dick- SOil (Dublin), Mr F. H. Evans (Southamp- ton), Mr J. Siticlair (Ayr), Mr James Lowther (Isle of Thanet), Mr Fitzgerald (South Longford), Mr E. Leamy (South Sligo), Mr W. H. Cross (West Darby), Mr Stormooth Darling (Edinburgh University), Mr Pritchnrd Morgan (Merthyr Tydril), Mr Mark Oldroyd (Dewsbury) Mr Gainsford Bruce (Holborn), Sir Horace Davey, Q.C. (Stockton), Lord Brooke (Colchester), and Air Cornwaihs (Maidstone). The relative strength of the various political parties in the House of Commons has undergone very little change since the commencement ot the year.. The Liberal itriionititit have lost a seat to the Gladstonians at Edinburgh, and another at Ayr, and have won one at Doncastor. The Conservatives have lost a seat at Southampton, and have bad no compensating gaiu. The net result is, therefore, that the Liberal Unionists and the Conservatives are each weaker by one ma.n than at the commencement of the Session, whilst the Gladstonians are stronger by two, counting four votes on a division. Conservatives 312) ,R, Liberal Unionists 69 J Gladstonians 203iOQ7 Parnellites 84 j Vacant seats (Govan aud Waterford) „ 2 Total b70 In the House of Commons during the session 357 divisions have been taken. Assuming 10 minutes to be the average time occupied by a division, it would result that upwards of six and a half parliamentary days of nine hours each have been devoted to the exercise of walking through the lobbies.

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