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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. In the House of Lords, Thursday, the Bishop of London, on the Motion for Second Reading of the Central London Railway Bill, moved the rejection of the measure in consequence of its endangering the foundations of St. Paul's Cathedral. He, how. ever, withdrew the Motion after some discussion, and the Bill was read a second time, and referred to a Select Committee with instructions to inquire into the point raised by the Bishop. Lord Salisbury, in answer to Lord Rosebery, said the Government had consulted its naval and military advisers before coming to a decision ap to the cession of Heligoland. No steps had been taken to ascertain the wishes of the Heligolander, but the Government had good grounds for the opinion that their objections in the past to transfer were mainly con- nected with the liability to conscription. Ample security was taken against this in the Agreement. There was no objection to the Bill authorising the cession being introduced, after the Convention was signed in their Lordships' House. In the House of Commons, the Home Secretary, replying to Mr Burdett-Coutts, stated that the Government had embodied in the Police Superannuation Bill proposals which they were prepared to recommend the House to adopt. '1'e scale of the Government Bill was identical with that recommended by the Select Committee of 1878, and proposed in the Bill of Sir W. Harcourt, and adopted in the City Police Bill last year. The House went into Committee on the Local Taxation Bill. As soon as Mr Courtney took the Chair, he formally put the question which had been entered upon immediately before the close of the debate on Tuesday night, that Clause 1, as amended, stand part of the Bill. No member on the Opposition side of the House rose to speak, and Mr Courtney accordingly declared that the Ayes had it. A division was challenged, amid great excitement, as many of the Ministerial were absent. The Clause was carried, by 228 to 224 amid prolonged Opposition cheering. In the House of Lords, Friday, a short conversa- tion arose on a Motion by Lord Norton, declaring that Elementary Education should be more distinctly defined in the Code, and that the cost of all public instruction above the limit should be met by fees, exhibitions, or endowments, Lord Cran- brook maintained that it was impossible to draw a hard-and-fast line between primary and secondary education. The Motion was then withdrawn. In the House of Commons, the Postmaster General, in answer to Sir John Pnleston and Mr Laboucliere, said that the Government had decided not to exercise their powers of purchasiug the National and other Telephone Companies. The Home Secretary, in answer to Mr W. Lowther, stated that Sir Edward Bradford had been ap- pointed Chief Commissioner of Police in room of In the House of Lords, Monday, the Duke of Clarence took the Oath and his seat as a Peer. In the House of Commons, Sir J. Fergasson, replying to Dr. Cameron, stated that the Agreement entered into between this country and France in 1862, by which the two countries agreed not to infringe the independence of Zanzibar, was not affected by the protectorate assumed by Great Britain in its recent arrangement with Germany. In answer to Mr Caine, Mr W. H. Smith announced that the Government had resolved not to proceed with the Clauses in the Local Taxation Bill giving the County Councils power to purchase In the House of Lords Tuesday, Lord Salisbury replying to Lold Kimberley, said the protectorate over the Sultanate of Zanibar meant a protectorate over the territory which was under the Government of the Sultan or under his suzerainty. He would have difficulty in defining the territories, but they included the islands and a considerable portion of tne mainland. In the House of Commons, Mr W. H. Smith, replying to Mr Burdett-Coutts, said the Govern- ment. felt the great importance of proceeding with the Police Bill, and would lose no time in bringing it forward. Mr Healy asked the ruling of the Speaker in consequence of the proposed Amendment of the Government on the Licensing Bill giving an entirely different meaning to the word "appro- priation from what it was understood to bear at the time the Budget Act was passed. Mr Glad- stone urged that the new proposals of the Govern- ment gave not merely a new interpretation to the word, but contravened its well-known meaning. The Speaker said it was a very grave question whether the Amendment constituted a sufficient appropriation of the sum raised under the Budget Act. He knew of no precedent for the accumula- tion now proposed; but that did not prove that the proceeding was unconstitutional, and it was eminently a matter for the House to decide. Mr W. H. Smith thereupon announced that, in order to give the Government time to consider the decision of the Speaker, they would defer pro- ceeding with the Bill until Thursday.


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