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I I PER I ALP A H L I A 1\1 E NT. In the House of Lords on Thursday, Lord Jersey, in answer to Lord Sidmouth, said it was not the intention of the Government to impose quarantine on vessels from Spanish and other ports at which there might be an outbreak of cholera but vessels from foreign countries would be bnarrled before they reached the land, and if there was any suspicion of any infectious disease they would be detained, and sanitary precaution taken to prevent the disease from spreading. In the House of Commons the London Over- head Wires Bill was, after an animated discussion, rejected by O;) to 200. Mr W. H. Smith, in replying to Mr Summers, said the Government had come to the conclusion that they had no alternative but to withdraw from the Local Taxation Bill all the clauses relating to he purchase and extinction of licences. The Allotments Bill was considered and read a iiiii,ti litile. The Barracks Bill passed through Committee. The Western Australia Constitution Bill was being considered in committee when the debate was, by rule, suspended. Tn the House of Lords on Friday, the Marquess of Kipon advocated the abolition of the comllJand in chief of the Madras and Bombay Armies and the concentration of these commands in the Commandership in Chief for India. The Duke of Cambridge thought it would not be desirable to concentrate the military administration of so large a country as India under one command. In the House of Commons, Mr W. H. Smith moved the appointment of a select committee to consider the desirableness of carrying over partly- considered Bills flom ono Session to mother Session of the same Parliament. The names proposed were agreed to. The Home Secretary, in moving the second reading of the Police Bill, urged the House to pass it with the least possible delay. The difference between the two-thirds desired by the men after twenty-five years' service and the three-fifths pro- posed by the Bill came to forty-thousand pounds a year, and represented between a farthing and a j halfpenny rate. The Bill was subsequently read a second time without a division. In the House of Lords on Monday, the Marquess of Salisbury, replying to Lord Rosebery, did not think that any measure for tettling Heligolanders in other parts of the British Empire would be in conformity with the wishes of the islanders. Every security would be taken for the protection of their interests. In the House of Commons, Mr W. H. Smith, in reply to Mr Gladstone, expressed a hope that he would be able to make a statement as to the course of business on Thursday. The Education Code (lSUO) Bill passed through Committee, and was read a third time. Committee was resumed on th -NVesteru Australia Constitution Bill. When clause three was agreed to on a division, and the further consideration of the Bill was deferred. In the House of Lords on Tuesday, the Earl of Canperdown moved the second reading of the Sheriffs' Assizes Expenses Biil, which empowered a Joint Committee of the County Council and the Justices of the Peace, with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor, to make regulations as to the way in which the Judges should be received in the several counties. Lord Coleridge thought the Bill should have originated in the Commons, as it imposed charges on the county rates, and he further objected to it on the ground that regulations for the reception of the Judges ought not to be made without consulting them. Ultimately the Bill was read a second time, and referred to the Standing Committee on Law. In the House of Commons, Lord G. Hamilton, replying to Mr Gourley, said it was intended during the Autumn to mobilise the Channel and Reserve Squadrons on a larger scale than last year for the Naval Manceuvres, In the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Wariuington moved the third reading of the Dit,ect(,I.s' l,i,LI)illty Bill, ;tiid stated that lie liad no objection to the bUt coining into operation at the earliest possible moment, aud would undertake that view should be represented in the House of Lords in order that amendments might be introduced there, providing that the bill should operate as soon as it bad received the L'oyal assent. He acknowledged the valuable asssistance he had received from the President of the Local Govern- ment Board (Sir Michael Hicks-Beach) and others. Sir W. Harcourt thought that course was the one that would be adopted by everyone who desired to see the success of the bill. What they had to consider was wheter they were to carry the bill or to lose it and he hoped that no one who was friendly to it would peisist in motions which must have a tendency to destroy it. Mr Ciemer, in support of the bill gave his experi- ence of the inducements offered to members of that House to join boards of director?. The third reading was carried by 224 to 50.

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