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Imperial flarliamcnt HOUSE OF COMMONS, THURSDAY. Mr Chamber'ain, aggrieved at certain published statements, took the opportunity of contradicting them. In the fmt place, it was not true that he was conferring with Mr Rhodes on the situation in the Transvaal he had had no communication with the ex-Cape Premier on this subject since 1896. He also gave emphatic denial to the story that he is about to leave this country. The Chancellor of the Exchequersaid he could not undertake to introduce legislation requiring brewers to make a seperate en- try of all substitutes for hops used. Sir Henry Fowler initiated a debate on the imposition by the Indian Government of a duty on sugar, moving that an address be presented to her Majesty praying that the Indian Tariff Act, 1899, be disallowed HOUSE OF LORDS, FRIDAY. The House passed the Finance Bill through all its stages. Lord Salisbury announced that the second reading of the London Government Bill would be taken on Tuesday. HOUSE OF COM MOMS, FRIDAY. Mr Chamberlain, replying to Mr Bryn Roberts, slated that the alteration of the form of the Transvaal oath of allegiance, by which an express abjuration of all allegiances to any other state was omitted, wou:d not enable British subjects to be- come naturalised in the South African Republic without losing their British nationality. Mr McNeill, retaliating upon Sir E. Ashniead-Bart- lett's expression, "anti-British" propaganda, in a question of the preceding day, asked if the Govern- ment had received confirmation of the statement that a body calling itself the South African As- sociation hadspeut considerable sums of money upon the anti-Boer propaganda in this country and Cape Colony. Mr Chamberlain replied in the negative. The House then went into supply upon the Scotch Estimates and a long debate took place upon the education vote. HOUSE OF LORDS, MONDAY. A measure entitled the Youthful Offenders Bill instoduced by Lord James of Hereford, was read a second time iu the House of Lords on Monday. It has for its object the extension of the Summary Jurisdiction Act, 1S79, giving magistrates power to order boys, instead of being sent to prison, for any offence except homicide, to be privately whipped with a birch rod. There is another pro- vision by which parents or guardians may be fined if they have contributed by neglect to the commis- sion of the crime. HOUSE OF COMMONS, MONDAY. Mr Balfour afterwards made a statement on the legislative programme of the Govern- ment for the remaining portion of the session, moving as a preliminary that Government business have precedence on Tuesdays and Wednes- days and that Stanoing Order 56 be extended to all days of the week. He put an end to rumours that the session is likely to end about the 25th July indeed, he did not think they would be able to separate in the first week in August. Among the new measures foreshadowed were Bills dealing with clerical tithes, with amendment of the Factory Acts, a>id for completing the arrangement for taking over the Niger Company. Mr Balfour's motion was carried by a majority of 131, The House then proceeded with the committee stage of the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Bill.


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