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FRIDAY, JANUARY 22ND. HOUSE OF COMMONS. It was agreed, on the motion of Mr. Brod- erick, that on Monday the House should resolve itself into Committee to consider the making of provision for the execution of military works and other military purposes. Replying to Mr. T. M. Healy, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said the amount of arrears of school grant due to Ireland under the Educa- tion Act of 1892 wai between E60,000 and f 0,000, and it was proposed to deal with the matter by the allocation of £ 10,000 a year co the Teachers'Pension Fund. In answer to Mr. J. A. Pease, the Home Secretary said the case of the prisoner A'mond who effected his escape from Carlisle goal, was referred to the Visiting Committee, who dealt nth him under the powers conferred upon them by the Prison Acts. In the exercise of their discretion, and having regard especially to the fact that in addition to his escape he was also charged with repeated offences against prison discipline, and that his character was bad, they ordered him to receive eighteen lashes. The allegations that the screams of the prisoner were heard oil over the prison was not true. Asked by Mr. Schwann whether in future, in consequence of the decision in a recent case, shuttles would have to be guarded, the Home Secretary said the decision in question required manufactures to provide guards for shuttles that were shown to be dangerous, and enabled the factory inspector to continue the course of requiring all dangerous shuttles to be properly guarded. In reply to Sir A. Scobe, Lard G. Hamilton made a statement as to the steps taken by the authorities in the Bombay Presidency to deal with the plague. Sir C. Dilke asked whether the Government proposed to give help in the Education Bill to poor sckool-board districts, to which help was to have been given in the Government Bill of last year, and, in the event of this not being the intention of the Government to propose such help in the bill of the present year, whether the title chosen to the bill would shut out amendments on the subject. Mr. Balfour said he did not think it would be desirable in answer to a question to make any statement with regard to the framework or contents of a bill not yet introduced. Sir William Harcourt said he observed on the official paper a notice to move that the House in Committee should consider the authorisation of payments out of money to be provided by I Parliament of grants in aid of Voluntary schools, and further to consider the repeal of so much of the Elementary Education Act of 1876 as imposed a limit on the Parliamentary grantg to elementary schools. On the order-book ox as imposed a limit on the Parliamentary grantg to elementary schools. On the order-book ox the day was a notice to take that Committee, and he desired to know whether the Govern- ment would previously lay the terms of refer- ence on the table. Mr. Balfour said he 'would inquire into the practice in this matter, and if he was wrong he would do what was usual under the circum- stances. Leave was given to bring in a large number of private members' bill, and they were read a first time. The debate on Mr. Engledew's amendment to the Address, to the effect that it was the duty of the Government, in view of the grievance in respect of University Education from which the Catholics in Ireland suffered, immediately to propose legislation with a view to placing Irish Catholics on a footing of equality with their fellow-countrymen in all matters con- cerned with University education, was resumed by Mr. T. Harrington. Mr. Lecky, in the course of the debate, ex- pressed a hope that, though perhaps not this session, yet during the present Parliament, the Government might see their way to gratify the desire of the Irish Catholics to have either a University of their own, or, what he would prefer, an endowed college connected with the existing university. Mr. A. J. Balfour expressed general agree- ment with almost everything that had fallen from Mr. Lecky. The State had gone so far in the matter of primary education that he thought these declared that the State must abstain from spending sixpence in promoting a system of education in which Roman Catholic teachers were concerned would do well to re- consider the uncompromising position they had taken in the matter. The amendment was afterwards withdrawn. Mr. Wier next moved an amendment ex- pressing regret that no indication was given in the Speech of the intention of the Government to acquire some portioa of the land now used as deer forests, grouse moors, &c, in the High- lands and islands of Scotland, so that the crofters, cottars, and fishermen might be able to live under more favourable conditions than those under which many of them existed. The amendment was rejected by 144 votes to 77. Sir H. H. Howorth then proposed an amend- ment declaring that that the explanation given by the Government to justify the release of the dynamiters was inadequate, and was calculated to encourage a recrudescence of that form of crime. The amendment was seconded by Mr. W. F. Lawrence, and after a reply by Mr. Balfour, the debate was adjourned. A