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THURSDAY, MARCH 4TH. HOUSE OF COMMONS. SirtT. Gorst informed Mr. Hobhouse that the Committee of Council had under consideration the advisableness of repealing the 17s. 6d. limit for evening continuation schools as well as for day schools, but the matter could not be dealt with in the bill now before the House. Asjced by General Russell if he was in a position to state the exact amount of the claim made by the Government of the South African Republic on account of the moral and intellec- tual damage, Mr. Chamberlain said he bad no information beyond what he gave on the 18th of Febru ry, except a telegram from Lord Rosmead, dated the 25th of February, giving the Dutch words for moral and intellectual damage,' in what Lord Rosmead called 'the additional claim for £ 1,000,000/ so he supposed the claim was £ 1,000,000. Mr. G. Balfour stated, in answer to Mr. Dillon, that thsmumber of applications received by the Irish. Land Commission from evicted tenants under section 47 of the Act of 1896 was 447. No tenants had yet being reinstated under the section. Mr. Curzon stated, in reply to Mr. Broad- hurst, that the Belgian Government had agreed to the suggestion of the English Government that the claim for compensation put forward by the latter in the case of Mr. Tillett should be referred to arbitration. Lord G. Hamilton informed Sir W. Wedder- burn that with regard to the filling up of the approaching vacane es in the Indian Council, the expendiency of appointing an experienced and representative Indian had been considered, but he had not been able to find the combina- tion of qualities in one individual to enable him to give effect to the suggestion. Sir M. Hicks-Beach stated, in reply to Sir J. Mowbray, that he had considered the petition in favour of an annual Parliamentary grant for the promotion of University Extension work, but had not felt able to recommend to Parliament a grant for the general work of University Extension. Answering Mr. Victor Cavendish, Mr. Cham- berlain said acceptances of the invitation to take part in the celebration of the Qneen's diamond jubilee had been received from the Premiers of Cape Colony, Newfounland, Vic- toria, Queensland. Tasmania, and Western Australia. The Premier of Canada had re- quested to be allowed to consult his collea- gues. Asked by Mr. Woods whether the Govern- ment intended to introduce their Employers Liability Bill on an early date, Mr. Balfour said he was afraid it was not possible in the present condition of public business for him to name a day on which the Employers' Liability Bill would be introduced. Mr. Curzon stated, in answer to Captain Donelan, that the Government understood that the gendarmes who mutinied at Caneaand shot their colonel, Suleiraan Bey, formed part of the old Turkish gendarmerie. He informed SirE.A. Bartlett that there were four ship of the allied fleets at Selino, and the captains had order* to do all that lay in their power to disengage the besieged Mussulmans at Candamos. This had been notified by the admirals to the Greek Commodore, for the information of the com- i manders of the Greek troops, holding them re- sponsible if the Mussulmans at Candamos were massacred. Sir W. Harcourt asked the Under Secretary for Foreign Aflairs whether his statement on Tuesday last that the Powers were in absolute agreement, and that the Government had re ceived the full and formal assent of the Powers to its scheme of policy, was to be taken as applying to the agreement of the Powers to the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Crete, Mr. Curzon said the words he used were full assent.' Inasmuch as the form of autonomy guaranteed by the Powers of Crete was des- cribed by them as an absolutely effective autonomy, it was certain that they were in agreement with the Government that the Turks should retain no military control or influence over the island. Sir W. Harcourt asked Mi. Balfour if he would state the exact terms of the Collective Note presented by the Powers to the Sultan, and particularly what were the conditions agreed upon by the Powers as to the with- drawal of the Turkish soldiers from Crete, as to the religion of the Governor to be appointed, and whether the Collective Note declared the intention of the Powers to enforce such con- ditions upon the Sultan. Mr. Balfour said he was afraid he could not answer the question, because the Government had not heard from Constantinople whether the Collective Note had yet been submitted to the Porte. He believed there was some inter- ruption in the telegraphic communications. The House then went into Committee on the Voluntary Schools Bill. Mr. Ellis Griffith moved an amendment to clause I to allow the proposed grant of 5s. to be paid directly to Voluntary Schools. After a prolonged debate, in which Mr. Acland, Mr. Asquith, Sir H. H. Fowler, and Mr. Balfour took part, Mr. Balfour moved the closure. The Chairman accepted the motion, which was carried by 254 votes to 90. On a further division, the amendment was rejected by 228 votes to 88. Sir J. Woodhouse then moved an amendment to the effect that the money should be distribu- ted in accordance with regulations which would ensure that it would be applied (a) in improving the teaching staff as regards number, qualifica- tion, or salary and so far as it was not in the opinion of the Education Department required for that purpose—(b) in the payment of teach- ing staff, the provision of special teachers, whether on the permanent staff or not, and in the improvement of the education of pupil teachers and (c) in the improvement of the educational fittings and apparatus of the school, and in otherwise increasing its' effi- ciency. The amendment was eventually rejected by 259 votes to 119 An amendment proposed by Mr. S. Evans to leave out the words and amounts' was rejec- ted by 260 votes to 100. ,¡ Mr. Lloyd George proposed that the aid grant should be distributed in accordance with a scheme to be formulated by the Department and laid before Parliament. At midnight further proceedings on the bill were adjourned to Monday. Mr. Ritchie afterwards brought in a bill to prohibit the importation of foreign prison- made goods.

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