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In the House of Lords, on Monday, the Bishop of London j presented a petition from Miss Burdett Coutts in reference to the foundation of certain bishoprics in the colonies, which stated that she had contributed £ 17,500 towards a bishopric at Cape Town, P,17,500 for one at Adelaide, Aus- tralia, and L15,000 towards one in British Columbia, for which letters patent were granted, and a kind of guarantee given by the State that these bishoprics should be main- tained in connection with the Church of England; but the funds contributed had been diverted from the object to which they were devoted. The right rev. prelate pointed out that the case of Dr. Colenso had caused so much con- fusion in the status of colonial bishops, that legislation was required. After a discussion, The Archbishop of York gave notice that on Thursday he should move for a select committee to inquire into the con-' nection between the colonial church and the church at home. Several bills were advanced a stage, and the House ad- journed. In the House of Commons, on going into committee on ■the Reform Bill, on clause 5, which proposes a >£7 rental franchise in boroughs, Lord Dunkellin moved as an amendment, to substitute a "rating for a "rental" franchise in boroughs. He advo- cated a rating franchise as an easy and convenient one, the ratebook being the registry; nor did he propose to inter- fere with the figure at which the franchise should be fixed, though his own opinion was, that if the rating test was adopted-which had worked so well in Irelaud-a lower figure than £7 might be fixed. One of the greatest merits of this plan was, that it opposed an insurmountable barrier to universal suffrage. Mr. S. Cave seconded the amendment. The Chancellor of the Exchequer stated that the propo- sition of the clause was a £7 rental franchise, which would enfranchise 214-1,000 persons, while £ 60,000 more would be enfranchised by the combined operation of the abolition of the rate-paying clauses and the arrangements as to com- pound householders, and to that the Government was resolved to adhere without reservation, to stand or fall by it. The amendment would operate not only to make votes depend on rateable value only, but would oust the juris- diction of the revising barrister altogether. He argued elaborately against transferring registration from the re- vising barrister to local rating authorities. The discussion was continued by Mr. Henley, Sir. P. Goldsmid, Mr. Goldney, Sir W. Jolliffe, Mr. Greene, Mr. Hibbert and Mr. P. Scrope. Mr. M. Torrens having- at length stated his ideas on the extension of the franchise, which were based on household suffrage, and denying that he was a party to a compact that this measure wa.s a compromise in the sature of a final settlement of the question, objected and argued against a rating' and in favour of a rental franchise. Mr. Powell having spoken, The Solicitor-General pointed out the very serious nature of the alteration in the law which was proposed by the amendment, by which, for the first time ia the history of the country, the right of a man was to be determined by the fact of his being placed on the rate-book by the local autho- rities. Lord E. Montagu followed, for the amendment. Mr. W. E. Forster said that what was being aimed at was to get the best possibly defined occupation franchise; and he contended that all argument was on the side of the rental suffrage; for it was on the gross estimated, value that the rateable value was based.. After some observations from Sir R. Peel, Mr. Bright said the real object of the amendment was, that it met the proposition of the Government to give the suffrage to all householders in boroughs of £7 occupation by a proposition to increase that franchise to 49. He argued that if rateable value was applied to any figure fixed for the franchise the effect would be to limit the suffrage, and that the arguments which had been put forward in favour of a rental franchise were irrefragable. If Lord Dunkellin was in ravour of the extension of the franchise he should have in- tunated that if his amendment were carried he should move I that £5 should be inserted in the clause instead of R7, and defeat ^5^ were done the main object of the bill would be Sir Ii, C-iras having spoken, .l. O"borne said before such a franchise could be adopted ™ ont« h.?f be an entire change made in the arrange- tiWp nf rating must be established in the diverse system. He denounced the r^Tv's, ^fd^support the amendment, if its pro- poae.s PP ters would make It a condition that a uni- form valuation should be made. Mr. VmLers contended that the opposition to the mea- sure was .ouftded on objection to all Reform, and all that begn done li,,td but one purpose, that of defeating the bit! aI1f ,E a?lo:a of t]le suffrage. The Chancellor of the Exchequer explained that he had not, as stated by air H. Cairns, affirmed that the Govern- I" meat wobld not yieid one particle of their measure, but had only asserted that Lheymasi, stand by the principle of the extension or the iranctuse, Met this was threatened by the amendment. On a division the amendment was carried by 315 to 30 k I Progress was then lepor^et, a.nd the House resumed. J The other business was disposed of, and the House | adjourned at about two o'clock.

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