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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. In the House of Lords on Thursday, Lord Hannen took the oath and subscribed the Roll 0:1 his elevation to the Peerage as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. In the House of Commons, Mr Balfour informed Colonel Nolan that a full opportunity of discussing the whole policy of the Government in connection with the distress in Ireland would be given before Easter, on the occasion of the Vote relating to the subject being brought forward. The consideration of the Tithes Bill was resumed in Committee. Sir Af. H. Beach moved an addition to the Second Clause providing that the owner. or occupier of lands should not incur personal liability or be imprisoned for non- payment of the tithe. He agreed, on the Motion of Mr S. Evans, to make the Clause apply also to non-payment of costs, and in this altered from it was agreed to. He also agreed to another Amendment of Mr Evans, that the total costs to be allowed to the titheowner, in cases where the landowner was also the occupier, should not exceed the costs specified in a schedule to be ap- pended to the Bill. When the question that the Second Clause stand part of the Bill was put a division was challenged by Mr Osborne Morgan, but the opponents of the C'aose were defeated by In4 to 140. The Third Clause provided for remission of so much of the tithe rent-charge as exceeded two-thirds of the annual value of the lands. Mr Gray moved an Amendment, that remission should be granted when the charge exceeded one-half of the annual value of the lands. After a long and animated debate, in which members on both sides of the House urged the Government to accent the Amendment. Sir M. H. Beach declined to comply, and in the division which followed the Amendment was defeated by 178 to 124. Progress was reported on the Third Clause. The meeting of the House of Lords on Friday, was formal, the only business being the Second Reading of ail Irish Tramways Order Bil!. In the House of Commons, Mr Shaw Lefevre brought forward a motion in favour of the settle- ment by arbitration of the remaining disputes which arose between 1885 and 1887 between Irish tenants and their landlords. Mr Balfour said that to ask Parliament to bolster up the tottering Plan of Campaign was in the highest degree absurd. Sir G. Trevelyan supported the motion, which on a division, was rejected by 213 to 152. In the House of Lords on Monday, the Lord Chancellor moved the second reading of the Bill for preventing abandoned parents who had deserted their children from resuming the custody of them in certain cases. The Bill was read a second time, and referred to a Committee of the whole House. In the House of Commons, the con- sideration of the Tithe Rent-charge Bill was Jesumed in Committee. The fifth sub-section of the Third Clause provided that where tithe rent-charge had been specially apportioned on certain closes of land in different proportions, and to the exclusion of others, the tithe should not be remitted unless the applicant would have been entitled to the remission if no such special apportionment had been made. Mr T. H. Bolton moved the omission of the sub-section, and Sir M. H. Beach, acknowledging that the sub-section could not be retained, accepted the Amendment but some Radical members insisted on dividing the House against the Ameiidrrent. The sub-section was, however, struck out by 198 to 95. A new Clause, moved by Mr Randell, for giving the Plaintiff or Defendant power to require a trial by Jury was rejected on a division and a new Clause, moved by Mr T. H. Bolton, for including several claims in one application to the County Court, was accepted in principle by Sir M. H. Beach, who undertook to put it in an amended form on the paper. The Committee stage would have been completed but for Mr Gedge talking the Bill out while moving a new Clause. Sir M. H. » Beach accordingly put it down for the following aay. In the House of Lords on Tuesday, the Presentation to Benefices Bill, which is the same as that before the Lordships last year, Was read a second time and referred to a Committee of the whole House. In the House of Commons on Tuesday, a Motion by Sir M. H. Beach for the appointment of a Select Committee in reference to overtime among railway servants was agreed to after a brief debate. The Tithe Bill passed through Committee. ———— In the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Gladstone moved the second reading of the Bill to remove the disabilities which prevent Roman Catholics from holding the office of Lord Lieu- tenant of Ireland and Lord Chancellor The Debate was continued till half-past five, the Division was taken, and the Bill was thrown out by 256 to 223.