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IMPERIAL p ARLIAMENT In the TTr u^e of Lords, August 9. their Iornphips assembled at 4 o'cloek "hell the K, I aJ assent was given by commis- sion to the Fortiflcatl ns (Provision for Expends) Hill. the Savings' J>MT:K^ and Post office Savings' Banks Hill, the Public School Act jlf-CS; Amendment Bill. the Civil Oiffces Pensions Bill, the Trades' Uuio> Bill, the Metropolitan Poor Act (1867) Amendment, Bill, the Valuation of Property M-troinjlis} Bill, the Evidence Amendment Bill, the Contagious Diseases (Alli- mals) Bill, the Bankruptcy Bill, the Telegraphs Bill, the Im- prisonment fr>r Debt Bill, Bi I, the Militia Bill, the Vnlmneer Act (1863 Amendment B 11, the Metropo- litan Bulging Act ,1S63) Bill, the Courts of J n«t;cc fSalaries Bill, Expi. inn Laws Continuance Bill, Accounts Presentation Bid, Pievention of Gammg in Scotl and Bill, the Clerks of Assize Bill, the Turn) ike Acts Continuance t ill. <tc. • Their lordships eaasemole at five o'clock, when the Me tropoli'.aii Boaid of Works (Loans) Bill was passed through committee. The Appropriation Bill also passed through committee. The Commons' amendments were agreed to in the case of committee. The Appropriation Bill also passed through committee. The Commons' amendments were agreed to in the case of the New Parishes and Church Building Acts Amendment Bill, the Pharmacy Act (1868) Amendment Bill, the Millbank Prison Bill, the Presentation of Benefices belonging to Roman Catholics, &c Bill, the Bishops' Resignation Bill, the Contagious Diseases Bill, the Government of India Act Amendment Bill, the Governor-General of India Act Amend- ment Bill, and the Habitual Ciiminals Bill. J he Sanitary Act (1866) Amendment (Ireland) Bill was read a seeond time. The Canada (Rupert's Land) Loan Bill was read a second time, after some remaiks from Earl Granville as to the con- ciliatory spirit evinced by all parties in the negociations on this subjsct. The following bills were read a third time, and passed:- Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill, Warehousing of Wines and Spirit, etc., Bill, Dividends on Public Stocks Bill, Harbour of Galle Loan Bill, Hackney and Stage Car- riage Law Amendment Bill. East India Loan Bill, In- cisure of Lands Bill, Sanitary Act (1866) Amendment Bill, Metropolitan Commons Act (18M) Amendment Bill, and Titles to Land Consolidation (Scotland) Act (1808) Amend- ment Bill. The Duke of Argyll proposed that the amendments to the Parochial Schools (Scotland) Bill be considered on Tuesday. Lord Redesdale moved an amendment deferring the con- sideration of them for three months. He described the re- peated postponements which attended the bill in the House of Commons, strongly condemned the pro formd committal whereby the measure sent down by their lordships had never been really submitted to the Lower House, and urged that the authority and independence of their lordships would be at an end if important bills were forced upon their acceptance at the fag end of the Session. The Duke of Argyll, in reply, contended that in considera- tion of the bill having been first submitted to the Lords, of the urgent business which had retarded its progress in the Commons, and of the willingness of the Lower House to enter upon its consideration at so late a period of the Session, their lordships were bound to proceed with the bill. Lords Melville, Selkirk, and Colonsay urged the unreason ableness of persevering with the bill, Lord Colonsay in- sisting that such hurried legislation could not prove satis- factory. Lord Granville reminded the House that earlier in the Session the bill went through Committee in a single night, and maintained that the Commons' Amendment could be considered in a single sitting. On a division, Lord Bedesdnle's amendment was carried by i5 to 49. The bill is therefore at an end for this Session. Lord Granville, in reply to Lord Stratheden, expressed an opinion favourable to the present site of the Canning statue, and their lordships afterwards adjourned. In the House of Commons, Lord Elcho presented a peti- tion signed by 120 delegates, representing 30,000 colliers in Lancashire, setting forth that they consider the present system of inquiry into colliery explosions does not furnish adequate results, and praying that a Royal Commission be appointed for enquiry. Mr. T. Chambers gave notice that early next session he shall call attention to the present unsa isfaciory state of the Established Church as reg rds the body of the people, and to invite the House to a consideration of such changes thoroughly consistent with his doctrines and opinions as will bring it into harmony with the feelings of the laity, and make it a more effective instrument for the evangelisa- tion of the people, The Charity Commissioners Bill was further considered, and a clause relating to tables of fees having been inserted on the motion of Mr. AyrtOD, it was agreed to. On the motion for the third reading of the Parochial Schools (Scotland) Bill, L ud ilebo moved that it be recommitted. The bill having been recommitted and eertaln verbal amendments introduced, On the motion that the bill be read a third time and passed, Tile Lord Advocate said he was sorry ho could not keep faith with the House by announcing the names of the person* who were to be commishioners under the Act, but as the approval of her Majesty must have been first obtained no time had been left to submit the names to her. He was, however, able to announce that the secretary would be a layman. The bill was then read a third time and passed. The Steam Boilers Inspection Bill was withdrawn, and in Committee of the whole House, Mr. Shaw Lefevre laid on the table a bill of 800 clauses to Amend and Consolidate the Mercantile Marine Law, and Mr. M'Lsren introduced a bill for the Abolition of Compulsory Church Rites in Scotland. Lord Elcho called attention to a memorial recently pre- sented to the Government, signed on behalf of 30,000 miners, praying for a special inquiry into the causes of recent acci- dents in coal mines, and in reply, Mr. Bruce <1id not agree in the necessity of a special in- quiry, as the causes of all these accidents in a general way were perfectly well known. He regretted that, owing to the pressure of business, it had been found impossible to letrls late this year, but he hoped to take the subject up next Session. After some other business had been disposed of, the House adjourned. In the House of Lords, August 10, the Commons' amend- ments to the Premutation of Benefices belonging to Roman Cat It, i jes, &c., Bill were agreed to. The following bills were read a third time and passed Sanitary Act (1866) Amendment (Ireland) Bill, Bioughty Ferry Provisional Order Confirmation Bill, Canada (Rupert's Land) Loan Bill, and the Metropolitan Board of Works (Loans) Bill. The Commons' amendments to the Charity Commissioners B)U were agreed to. Lord Denmun called attention to the reprrt of the Select Coiiimittee of the House of Commons on the New Law Courts. Be considered that if Parliament abandoned the old ite at Westminster they would assuredly regret it. He thought it wwuld not he fair to concentrate the Law Courts, inasmuch as they would give a monopoly of the legal busi- ness to the senior and leading barristers. In the House of Common, Mr. Taylor asked the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs whether his attention had been called to the arrest of lr. Nathan, a British subject, at Milan in April la,t, and to his continued incarceration to this time without trial, bail being refused, and whethei he would state what steps her Majesty's Government had taken in the matter ? Mr otway said that a letter had been sent to her Majesty's representative at Milan, instructing him to for- ward further information on this matter, and to request that the) oung man might be admitted to bail and not be sent to Naples. Mr. Bruce wished to make some further remarks with regard to a matter upon which he had spoken on Friday last. A question was put with regard to the disproportion of cer- tain sentences which had been inflicted on prisoners tried at the various assizes. Since answering it he had had an oppor- tunity of consulting with the judges, and hud obtained from them the following particulars, In the case of a man sen- tenced by Mr. Justice Keating to five years' ptnal servitude for obtaining £ i 5s by false pretences, it had been proved that he had previously been convicted, twice for stealing, and had also been in gaol for an assault. The learned judge thought it his duty te protect the public against one whom he believed to be a clever swindler, and therefore sen- tenced him for a long term. In the case tried before Mr. Justice Mellor, in which a man was sentenced to five years' penal servitude for the manslaughter of his wife, there was no evidence to show that any injury had been intended by the prisoner towards his wife. The medical evidence was to the effect that the wounds inflicted might have been caused by a fall, such as was said to have taken place. In the case of a man sentenced by the same judge to eighteen month's imprisonment for feloniously cutting and wounding his wife, the prisoner was acquitted of the graver charges and convicted of misdemeanour and unlawfully wounding only. The third case tried before the same jmige, in which the prisoner was sentenced to fifteen years' penal servitude for beating a man with his fists, had been proved to be one of a very serious nature, the wounds inflicted being dangerous. It had also been proved that the motive for the outrage was a feeling of revenge on the part of the prisoner against the prosecutor, who had appeared as a witness against him in a previous case, The learned judge therefore thought it his duty to protect witnesses from violence, and inflicted a teveie sentence. Mr Alderman Lawrence wished to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer a question relating to his statement the other evening with respect to the gold coinage. In the event of a person taking a bar of gold to the Bank for coijing,. would he, under the system suggested by the right In n. gentleman, receive only 99 sovereigns in place ot 100, as heretofore, one being charged for the expense of coinage or would such bar of gold be coined into 101 sovereigus of less weight and value than the present issue, 100 being received by the owner of the gold and 1 being charged for coining and whether this latter would necessarily involve a reduction in the intriLsic value of the £1 sterling to be paid in exist- ing engagements, mortgages, &c. Mr. Lowe said that his suggestion was that sovereigns should be lighter by one grain than heretofore, so that for every 100 sovereigns coined 100 grains of gold would remain to be paid into the Exchequer. As regarded intrinsic value he did not know what that meant. So far as he knew there was no such thing; but he supposed that-the meaning of the term must be defined as the cost of producing a thing like the thin* in question. The Lords' amendments to the Bishops' Resignation Bill, and also the Lor(iii' amendments to the Titles to Land Con- solidation (Scotland) Act Amendment Bill were considered and agreed to.

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