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HOUSE OF COMMONS. Sir M. White Ridley, answering Mr. Darling said he had ascertained that there were one or two cases of landlords who were taking steps to turn tenants out of houses on the route of the Queen's procession to St. Paul's and back. He had no power to take action, but if such a practice became at all general he had no doubt that representations would be made in the proper quarter in time to change the route. Subsequently Mr. Marks gave notice that co day he would ask leave to introduce a bill giving magistrates power to stay evictions of certain tenants in London until after the date of the Jubilee procession. Mr, Curzon stated, in answer to Mr. Gretton that the Government had received no confirma- of the report that a British subject had been murdered in Cuba by Spanish soldiers, hi the British Consul has been asked for ,4"iation on the subject. jl, G, Balfour informed Mr. Dillon that he had -ifect'a, nice ting announced to be held in county May" lust Sunday to be prohibited be- cause it.app.wd that its object was to advocate Yf'. & t Xrng a', ;nidation. Mr. A. J. Baifour, in answer to Mr. Robert- son, said he had thought the debate on the question of the 1inancial relations between this country and Ireland would not last over Mon- day night, but if there was a general wish that it should go over to the following day he should not put any obstacle in the way, -,0. bIT M. Hicks-i>eacn told Mr. Bartley that he was not in a position to say whether the Bud- get would be introduced before Easter. Mr. Brynmor Jones asked the Under Foreign secretary whether, under the terms of the notice of the blockade of Crete, British or American ships carrying cargoes belonging to British and American subjects, consigned to an agent at a Cretan port for delivery to a Cretan merchant in the interior of the island, would be liable to be visited by a British or Russian warship and prevented from delivering their cargoes, and whether a state of war existed between Great Britain on the one hand and Greece or Turkey on the other. Mr. Curzon replied that ships as described in the question were liable to visited and searched by the ships of the Great Powers, and to be prevented from delivering their cargoes if, in the opinion of the Admirals, such delivery wouH be calculated to encourage further dis- order in the island. No state of war existed between Great Britain and either Greece or Turkey. The blockade of Crete was under- stood by the Government to he in the nature of a measure of police, enforced—with the consent of the Sovereign Power—by the Ad- miral who had control of the coast, with the object of preventing further fighting in the island. Replying to Mr. Flynn, Mr. Cnrzon said the British Ambassador at Constantinople had been instructed to lose no opportunity of urging the withdrawal of the Turkish troops from Crete. -It was clear thnt such a step would be greatly facilitated by the withdrawal of the Greek forces from the island, which, according to the terms of the Supplementary Note addressed to the Porte on March 5, was to be a preliminary condition of the progressive reduction of the Ottoman forces. Mr. Curzon informed Mr. Bryce that the news of the disturbance at Tokat had been officially confirmed by the Vice Consul at y Sivas, who reported that the disturbance las- ted eight hours, that about leo Armenians were killed, and that general pillage was going on in the town. Urgent representations had been made to the Porte by Sir P. Currie, to the effect that if steps were not immediately taken for the removal of the authorities at Tokat and the punishment of those guilty ef the murders it would be clear that they had been allowed by the Palace, that it would be his duty to report in that sense to his Govern- ment, and that the effect the renewal of such crimes would have upon the action of Europe under presen t circumstances might be imagined. Orders had been issued by the Porte for the arrest of the officials at Tokat, and a Special Commission had been sent to summarily try the authors of the disorders and all persens directly or indirectly implicated. By 269 votes to 114 the twelve o'clock rule was suspended, in order that the debate on the third reading of the Voluntary Schools Bill jnight proceed, if necessary, after midnight Asquith moved the rejection of the bill. Mr. %ey had now reached the last stage in lie said sofa measure which was destined the progress in the history of the House to be a lamlnw fn the manner in which it was of Cornmons. and in the methods bv originally drawn 't,ed and recommended which it had been preset. ,ve innovation on to the House it created a gr* -ation wllicl, if their habitual practice, an ibbov lnt, would it were allowed to become a pre le"u" lent of "fundamentally alfeer—and, in the jtlà alter iel the worse— tfaS *•- 'iti^ under which t'^ legislative 05 I'arliament had hitherto b^-uniformly car- fed on. He affirmed that the Ml started from ;t,n invidious and unfounded discrimination oe- tween the needs-and claims of mftereu. e ^es of schools. It let loose large sums of public money to be scrambled for by clerical man- agers without any effective security for locai or Parliamentary control. It provided no safe- «uard for the appropriation of tne dole to tne improvement of education, for bettering tne status of teachers, or for redressing or mitiga- ting the injustice suffered ]Jby Nonconlormisu Barents and it had been initiated and conduc- ted through the House by methods and m a spirit wholly alien to our hitherto unvarying traditions. The Solicitor General maintained that the bill was an endeavour to improve the efficiency of Voluntary schools, and in that way is dia something for the Nonconformist parent who had to send his boy to a Church school. T ie Government, being desirous oi maintaining tlie settlement of 1870 by preventing Voluntary schools from being suomergea were perfectly justified in introducing m tne first place a bill for promoting the efficiency or those schools, re rving for separate consideration the pro- i,a,.QacUrtiis school board dis- tJlc:rL' VI ÖJ1U1U' .uV'\J'J.jI.J" tri 3. As to the claim for local control, he bel(i that as the money came from the Exchequer the control ought to be that of the central Department; and as to the contention | that the Government ought to have ootamed j more securities for the maintenance of vo^™" tarv subscriptions, he replied that, while the Government were most anxious to provide tor that matter, any rigid provision would be ira- prateable a 8peech, closed the delate for the Opposition anr\ MY. Balfour hiving replied, a division was taken hen the motion for the third reading was earned by ,331 votes to 131.

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