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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. In the House of Lords, on Thursday, the Royal aRllt W&s given by commission to the Representation of the People Bill, the Factory Acts Extension Bill, the Railways (Ireland) Bill, the Public Health Act (Scotland) Amend- ment Bill, and the Master and Workmen Bill. The London, Chatham, and Dever Railway Arrangement Bill was also read a third time and passed. The Army Reserve Bill, the Militia Reserve Bill, and the Publio Works (Ireland) Bill, were read a third time and passed. Lord Stratford de Bedcliffe moved for further papers con- nected with the insurrection in Crete. The Earl of Derby replied that it was Hot expedient to produce the papers at present. The motion was withdrawn, and The House adjourned. In the House of Commons, at the morning sitting, the House went into committee on the Parks Regulation Bill. Mr. Denman moved that the chairman leave the chair. Mr. Gilpia was strongly of opinion that the Government should postpone the bill till a future Session. After some further discussion the House divided, and the motion was rejected by 86 to 31. Mr. Sheridan then moved that the chairman report progress, and Mr. Hardy, after vindicating the course he had pursued with reference to the bill, said he found it necessary to yield to an obstinate minority, and he would therefore with- draw the bill. At the evening sitting, the House went into committee on the Traffic Regulation (Metropolis) Bill, the several clauses of which underwent much discussion; but they were eventually agreed to with some amendments. The bill passed through committee, and Mr. G. Hardy stated that he should propose the third reading on Friday. The Royal Military Canal Bill passed through committee. Several other bills were advanoed a stage, and The House adjourned. In the House of Lords, on Friday, the Earl of Derby stated that the House would meet on Saturday at two o'clock, in order that the prorogation might take place on Wednesday next. On the motion of the Duke of Richmond, the standing order with respect to railway deposits, in accordance with the recommendations of the joint committee of both Houses, was agreed to. The Hours of Labour Regulation Bill was read a second time. The Master and Workmen Bill was read a third time and passed. The Earl of Lichfield called attention to recent returns relative to the friendly societies in England and Wales, and said that a perusal of them could not fail to convince their lordships of the misery and distress produced among the working clases in almost every district of the country by the unsound condition and the failure of a number of those societies. The Earl of Devon said it was impossible to overrate the Importance of the subject, and he was sure their lordships would desire to co-operate with the noble lord in his endea- vour to remove the evils he complained of. Several bills were forwarded a stage, and the House ad- journed at 20 minutes past seven o'clock. In the House of Commons Mr. Watkin gave notice oi his intention next Session to move that it is expedient that there should be annually drawn up a national stock and balance-sheet. Also for the appointment of a select com- mittee to consider a memorial from the inhabitants of Ceylon complaining of the present government of that dependency. Lord R. Montagu stated, in reply to Mr. Read, that the permission to land foreign cattle at Thames Haven for the metropolitan market will not be continued. Sir S. Northeote stated, in reply to Mr. Crawford, that the amount required to be raised by loan for the Govern- ment at India had been raised, and that no more money will have to be raised this year on loan for the Government of that country. The Traffic Regulation (Metropolis) Bill and the Royal Military Canal Bill were read a third time and passed; and the Lords' Amendments to the Local Government Supple- mental (No. 6) Bill and to the Merchant Shipping Bill were agreed to. Sir R. Palmer moved that the order on the Increaseof the Episcopate Bill be discharged. The motion was agreed to. On the motion for the adjournment until Monday, Mr. Newdegate called attention to certain circumstances connected with the proceedings before the Ecclesiastical Titles Committee.. Mr. Whalley followed, complaining that the Government took no steps to resist Popish aggression. Mr. Walpole said the committee was appointed to consider whether there was anything in the operation of the Eccle. Biastical Titles Act, which practically weighed upon Roman Catholics, and in his opinion, and that of the Attorney. General for Ireland, no case was made out, but he regretted that the petition referred to was not brought to the know- ledge of the committee. The subject then dropped. The House adjourned until Monday at half-oast three o'clock. The House of Lords held a morning sitting on Saturday, when the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill, the Companies Act (1862) Amendment Bill, the Investment oi Trust Funds Bill, and the Expiring Laws Continuance Bill were read a third time and passed. The Commons' ameud. ments to several other bills were agreed to, and several other bills were forwarded a stage. The sitting only lasted twenty minutes. In the House of Lords, on Monday, the Archbishop of Canterbury stated that the Rituai Commission had pre. sented their first report. They were enjoined by her Majesty first to take into consideration the subject of vest- ments, and they had agreed upon their report on that sub. ject, and it would be immediately placed before their lordships with the evidence. The Commons' amendments to the Consecration and Ordination Fees Bill were agreed to. The Courts of Referees Bill, the Hours of Labour Regu. lation Bill, the Church Temporalities Orders (Ireland) Bill, and the Railway Companies' Advances Bill, were read a third time and passed. On the order of the (lay for the second reading of the Vstments Bill, The Earl of Shaftesbury said it was quite clear that as soon as it was announced that a Royal commission was to be appointed on the subject of this bill it would be impossible to proceed with the bill until that commission had reported. The commission was promised them on the 14th of May, but it did not meet till the 17th of June, and now they had got the report simultaneously with the prorogation of Parliament, and cf course the bill must be dropped. He thought that the Church of England stood at this moment in a worse position than it ever stood before. The Archbishop of Canterbury vindicated the commis- sion from the etarge the noble earl had made against it of having delayed their report. The Bishop of London said if the noble earl had con- sented to become one of the commissioners, he would have seen that there was every desire to go on with the matter as rapidly as possible. The subject then dropped, and their lordships adjourned at half past five o'clock. In the House of Commons Mr. Newdegate gave notice of his intention next Session to bring in a bill for the commu. tation of church rates. The Lords' amendments to the Polieies of Assurance Eiri were agreed to, and The House adjourned. In the House of Lords, on Tuesday, their lordships met at twelve o'clock. The Royal assent was given by commission to the follow- ing public bills :—Church Temporalities Orders (Ireland) Validation, &c., Bill; Railway Companies (Ireland) Ad- vances Bill Roj al Military Canal Bill; Master and Servant Bill- Expiring Laws Continuance Bill; Policies of Assurance Bill'; Courts of Law Officers (Ireland) Bill; Consolidated Fund Bill; District Lunatic Asylum Officers Bill; In- dustrial and Provident Societies Bill; Poor-law Board Bill; Guarantee of Government Officers Bill; Dogs Regu- lation (Ireland) Act (1865) Amendment Bill; Sewage Bill; Admiralty Court (Ireland) Bill; Justices of the Peace Disqualification Removal Bill; Army Reserve Bill; Military Beseive Bill; Public Works (Ireland) Bill; Naval Stores (No. 2) Bill; Local Government Supplemental (No. 6) Bill; Courts of Law Fees, &c., Bill; Turnpike Acts Continuance Bill; Merchant Shipping Bill; Contagious Diseases (Ani- mals) Bill; Raiiway Companies (Scotland) Bill; Railway Companies Bill; War Department Stores Bill; Agricultural Gangs Bill; Companies Act (1862) Amendment Bill; Invest- ment of Trust Funds Bill; Consecration of Churches and Churchyards Bill; Traffic Regulation Metropolis Bill; Con- secration and Ordination Fees, &c., Bill; Courts of Referees Bill. The commissioners were the Lord Chancellor, the Duke of Marlborough, and the Earl of Devon. The Earl of Shaftesbury presented a petition from the incumbent and parishioners of St Saviour's, Southwark, in favour of the Clerical Vestments Bill. The Commons' amendments to the Skipton Grammar School Bill were considered and agreed to. The Fortifications (Provision for Expenses) (No. 2) Bill was read a third time and passed. „ It was reported that their lordships amendments to the Hours of Labour Regulation Bill had been agreed to by the Commons. Their lordships adjourned at hdlf-past 12. The Commons met at 12 but not in sufficient numbers to constitute a quorum. A A House" was, however, made by summons to attend at their lordships' bar for the purpose of witnessing the Royal assent to several bills. Mr. Sheridan gave notice to movo for leave to bring in a bill early next Session for enforcing the adoption of com- munication between railway guards-and passengers. Mr. Sheridan also to move a resolution next Session in favour of a further reduction of Fire Insurance Duty. Mr. Rearden, early next Session, to brine hi a bill to esta- blish training and industrial schools in IreLrwl The House adjourned at a quarter to one.









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