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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. In the House of Lords on Thursday, June 12th, the Industrial Schools Bill, the Reformatory Schools Bill, and the Youthful Offenders Bill were read a third time. Several other Bills were for. warded a stage. In the House of Commons, Mr W. H. Smith, in answer to Mr Gladstone, said he was not in a position to make any statement as to the business of the House. In reply to Mr Sexton, be said he could not give any information as to the intentions of the Government with reference to the Land Purchase Bill. Mr Healy asked leave to move the adjournment of the House, to discuss the conduct of the Government in not commudicating to the House their intentions as to the course of business. The Speaker refused to put the Motion. The Home Secretary, in answer to questions, stated that Mr Monro, the Chief Commissioner of Police, had resigned because of differences with himself on questions of administration and legislation affecting the police. The Home Secretary introduced the Police Superannuation Bill. Mr J. W. Lowther, in answer to Alr Ellis, said the inquiries into all the charities in Denbighshire had been completed, and the reports on all the charities except four had been received. The Commissioners were now engaged in completing the information necessary to enable them to present reports to Parliament. The Commissioners under- stood that the Treasury desired to have every opportunity of considering the reports before authorising expenditure in respect to further like inquiries into the other counties of Wales. The Commissioners were anxious to do everything they could to hasten the publication of the reports, but the matter rested with the assistant Commissioner, who had been very much occupied since he was charged with the matter. The assistant Com- missioner was giving his attention to the subject. and it was hoped the matter would soon be carried through. The Local Taxation Bill was proceeded with in Committee, and the debate was resumed on Mr A. Acland's Amendment proposing to apply, the three hundred and fifty thousand pounds not to the extinction of licences, but to agricultural, com- mercial, and technical instruction. An animated discussion was carried on till midnight, when the debate was further adjourned on the motion of Mr C ine. In the House of Lords on Friday, June 13th, the Working Classes Dwellings Bill was read a second time, and referred to the Standing Committee on Law. In the House of Commons, the Home Secretary read Mr Monro's letter of resignation. It stated that the views he entertained as to the justice and reasonableness of the claims of the Metropolitan Police in connection with Superannuation being diametrically opposed to those of the Secretary of State on vital points, he could not accept the Bill as adequately meeting such claims. He therefore thought it right to place his resignation in the hands of the Secretary of State. Mr Matthews went on to explain that, looking to Mr Munro's views as to Superannuation, he had accepted his resignation. | He proposed to appoint Chief Constable Howard, Mr Monro's nominee, as Colonel Pearson's successor in the office of Assistant Commissioner. Mr Jackson (Secretary to the Treasury): in answer to Mr Kenyon, said my attention has been called to the discovery of ancient plate on Crown lands in Merionethshire, and the Treasury solicitor is in communication with the chief-constable of Merionethsbire with reference to the Crown's claim if the articles discovered prove to be treasure trove. I understand that the chalice and paten discovered are in the possession of Mr Robert Griffith, of Dolgelly, to whom notice was given that they are claimed as treasure trove and that he will be held responsible if he parts with the possession of them to any person on any claim hostile to that of the Crown. I am not aware of any proposals for a National Museum for Wales. The debate on Mr A. Acland's Amendment was resumed by Mr Caine, who asserted that the Bill would break up the Unionist Party. Mr Gladstone condemned the Bill, and as paralyaing the power of the licensing authority to reduce the number of licences. He was replied to by the Chancellor of the E-chequer. Mr Ritchie moved the Closure shortly before midnight, which was carried by 279 to 238. The Amendment was defeated by 275 to 2 43. In the House of Lords, Monday, Lord Camperdown moved that, in the forthcoming Census, informa- tion should be obtained as to the religious persuasion of the inhabitants of England, Wales, and Scotland. The Motion was opposed by Lord Salisbury and Lord Granville, on the ground that a Bill was about to be introduced into el Parliament on the subject, and it was accordingly withdrawn. In the House of Commons, in answer to questions relating to the practice of the police in shadowing persons in Ireland, Mr Balfour said there was no desire on the part of the Government to make the practice more disagreeable than was necessary. He desired, as far as possible, to limit this method of dealing with crime. The use of the term crime" gave rise to a scane of great excitement among the Irish members, in the course of which Mr Dillon, among other things, called out to Mr Balfour, If there is bloodshed it is on your head," and he indignantly demanded that the Chief Secretary should apologise for accusing his constituents of crime which was no crime. Air Gill shouted that Mr Balfour was lying, and the scene was only brought to an end by the Speaker appealing to the House to proceed in an orderly manner. Later on, Mr Dillon apologised for his discourtesy to the Chair. On the Local Taxation Bill being resumed in Committee, Mr Ritchie proposed the postponement of Clauses 2, 3, and 4, which related respectively to Scotland, Ireland, and Police Superannuation, that the Committee might proceed with Clause 5. which referred to the extinction of licences in England Mr Caine immediately moved to report progress, and a long and excited discussion ensued, in which the Opposition urged the Government to withdraw the Bill until the Committee which bad been announced at the meeting of Liberal Unionists, had reported. Ultimately the Closure was moved and carried Mr Caine's Motion was rejected by 245 to 206, and the Bill was proceeded with the Committee. Several amendments were negatived, when the Committee adjourned. In the House of Lords on Tuesday, the Earl of Morley brought up the Report of the Committee of Privileges on the place and precedence of the Duke of Clarence in t he House. The Committee reported that his ftoyal Highness ranked after the Duke of Connaught and before the Duke of Albany. In the Honse of Commons, Mr W. H. Smith, replying to Mr Caine, stated that it mu^t not be p assumed that the Government had the intention ascribed to them of appointing a Committee to consider the question of compensation to publicans. Mr W. H. Smith, further said that the Government had considered the best procedure, having regard to the state of public business, and they desired to propose a Standing Order for suspending public Bills of great complexity which could not be completed during the Session, and carrying them forward to the following Session of the same Parliament. He would ask the House to carry forward to next Session the Land Purohase Bill but be would proceed this Session with the Local Taxation Bill, the Tithes Bill, the Police Super- annuation Bill, the Western Australian Bill, the Indian Councils Bill, and several others. He would move the new Rule on Monday. Mr Labouchere obtained leave to move the adjournment of the House to discuss the serious state of public business by the mismanagement of the Government, After several acrimoniobs Opposition speeches, the Motion was reiected by 233 to 181. Several Amendments were disposed of in Com- mittee on the first Clause of the Local Taxation Bill. Towards the close of the proceedings, Mr Storey, acting on an allegation made during the discussion by Mr Winterbotham, moved that the votes of Sir M. H. Beach and Mr W. Long should be disallowed, as they were intelested in the liquor traffic. Mr Courtney held that the Motion was out of order, and, after explanations from the gentlemen referred to, Mr Storey and Mr Winterbotham withdrew their allegations, and apologised. The whole of the afternoon of Wednesday, was expended on a discussion of amendments to the Directors' Liabiiity Bill, which was further con- sidered as amended. Proposal after proposal tending to relieve and lessen the liability of directors was discussed at length and negatived, including a proposal for directors not be responsible for statements made on the authority of an expert or other person named in the prospect- us. The only material alteration made in the Bill was to require that directors, in order to absolve themselves from responsibility, should make reasonable inquiry and examine as to the authenticity of statements made in the prospectus by persons whose names were appended. Another proposal, which was negatived, aimed at relieving of all liability directors who resigned before the allotment of shares. The Bill, which was under the charge of Mr Warmington, assisted by Sir Alichael Hieks-Beach and Sir Horace Davey, was still under consideration when the discussion stood adjourned at half past five under the Standing Order. Sir James Fergusson (Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, in answer to Dr. Tanner, said it was stated in Lord Salisbury's dispatch that a Bill would be brought in to give effect to the negotia- tions relating to Heligoland. As to when it would be brought in he referred the bon. member to the Leader os the House.





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