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Imperial parliament HOUSE OF LORDS, THURSDAY. Resolutions in favour of the grant of £30,000 for Lord Kitchener and of thanks to the forces engaged in the recent operations in the Soudan were adopted on the motion of Lord Salisbury. The Earl of Kim- berley, in concuring, made some observations re- garding the treatment to which the Mahdi's remains had been subjected. HOUSE OF COMMONS, THURSDAY. Mr Chamberlain made a lengthy statement as to the failure of the Bloemfonteiu Conference. Presi- dent Kruger has rejected the proposals for a settle- ment offered by Sir A. Milner, and the alternative suggested by him was regarded hy Sir Alfred Milner, and is now considered by her Majesty's Government, as entirely inadequate. The London Government Bill was considered in the Commons on report, and further amendments having been made, it was ordered for third reading on Tuesday next. HOUSE OF COMMONS, FRIDAY. Sir'M. Hicks Beach informed Mr Tully that he was not at present in a position to say when the Government measure dealing with petroleum would be introduced, or to state the nature of its pro- visions. The House went into committee of supply, and on a. vote of £49,482 to complete the sum necessary for the salaries and expenses of the office of the Secretary of Sta.te for Foreign Affe-irs, a pro- longed discussion on the foreign policy of the Government was initiated by Sir C. Dilke, who moved to reduce the vote by £100. Lord C. Beres- ford, who followed, reviewed thft policy of the Government in regird to China. Mr Brodrick ex- plained what t'ne Government had endeavoured to accomplish in China and what they had achisved. He also outlined the policy the Government pro- posed to pursue in the future. After a long dis- cussion, in which Sir E. Gray, Mr J. Walton, Mr G. Harwood, Mr Yerhurgh, Sir M. Hicks-Beach, and other members took part, the debate was ad- journed. The Seats for Shop Assistants (England and Ireland) Bill passed through Committee and was read a third time. HOUSE OF LORDS, MONDAY. The business was of a formal character. Several bills were passed through the Committee stage, and the Bill for providing seats for shop assistants in England and Ireland, which was brought up from the Commons, having been read a first time, their lordships adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS, MONDAY. Questions stood in the names of Mr Sott, Mr Labouchere, and Mr Ellis Griffith, in reference to the conference between Sir A. Milner and President Krnger; but Mr Chamberlain, who, it is understood, is at Birmingham, was not in his place to answer them, and they were not put. Another question had been put down by Mr Galloway tD Mr Balfour, whether the Government had yet come to any de- cision with regard to the new situation which t-ad arisen in the Transvaal, but Mr Balfour replied that he had no statement to make on Transvaal policy in addition to that made by the Secretary for the Colonies on Thursday last. Replying to Sir C. Cameron, Mr Balfour said he was unable to state when the Telephone Bill would be proceeded with. The House went into committee on the Bill for amending the procedure in reference to Scotch Private Bill legislation, which occupied the greater part of the evening. HOUSE OF COMMONS, TUESDAY. The Dublin Extension Bill passed the report stage by 291 to 129 votes, after a debate lasting several hours. A writ was ordered for the election of a member for East Edinburgh. Mr Brodrick in- formed Mr Hogan that the agreement regarding the native kingdom of Tonga would not practically amount to a British protectorate. Mr Chamberlain explained to Mr Ellis Griffith the cause of the delay in the transmission of Sir Alfrul Milner's memorandum on the Bloenifontein Conference, which was due to the partial interruption of the cable for repairs. A motion by Mr C. M'Arthur for a return relating to the winding up of public companies was agreed to. Mr Chamberlain in- formed Captain Sinclair that the Brussels agree- ment in reference to spirits imported into West Africa involved a considerable increase in the minimum duty. Mr Chamberlain informed Sir E. Ashmeasl-Bartlett that the Government would wait for the despatches from the High Commissioner with full reports of the Bloemfontein Conference before sending further instructions. Mr Chamber- lain also replied a mine length to Mr Labouchere as to Sir Alfred Milner's reply to the arbitration proposals of President Kruger and to Mr Scott as to the relative terms of qualification for naturalisa- tion and the franchise in this country and the Transvaal. The London Government Bill was read a third time after considerable discussion as to the. right of women to sit aud vote as councillors and aldermen. The Finance Bill was read a third time and Mr Knowles was calling attention to the regis- tration of plumbers w hen the house was counted out.

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