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I PARLIAMENTAEY. I ü x DAY. The House of Commons again met on Slonday after the holdays. Mr Morley asked the Under Secretary fur Foreign Affairs whether he could lay upon the table of the House any correspondence between the Government and the Governments of Germany aud Italy relating to recent affairs in the Soudan. He also asked if the right hon. gentleman was aware that the Italian Government had laid before the Italian Parliament a Green-book containing desparches and communi- cations bearing upon this very important subject. Mr Curzon replied that he was aware that the Green-book had been laid before the Italian Parliament, but the despatches and communications could hardly be described as relating to affairs in the Soudan, in reply to the other question, there had been no correspondence answering to the description with Germany. The correspondence with Italy had referred almost entirely to military operations, aud could not therefore be produced at the present time. Sir Slorley asked the Under Secretary whether he considered it possible for the House to enter into the discussion on Thursday without knowing what communications had passed between the English and Italian Governments. Mr Curzon said it did not occur to him that the discussion on Thursday on the employment of the Tndian troops in the Soudan was at all necessarily connected with matters that had already been published in the Italian Green-book. Other questions were put by Mr Labouchere and Mr Bowles, and Mr Balfour asked that they might be deferred, on the ground that it was very inconvenient that the Under Secretary should be pressed without notice for an answer to such questions. Mr Hanbury, in reply to Sir Charles Dilke, said a bill would be at once introduced authorising the necessary payment out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the additional outlay of R500,000 in the present financial year en the Uganda railway. Mr Ritchie, replying to Mr Slassey-SIainwaring, said the engineers thought that the accident on the Snovvdeu Railway was caused by the locomotive mounting the rack, probably in consequeuce of a subsidence of the permanent way. As the line was not constructed under any statutory authority, the Railway Acts did not apply. Nevertheless, no passengers wonld be carried on it until precautions had been taken to prevent another accident. Tuesday. In the .-louse of Commons on Tuesday several questions w",re asked with regard to the operations on the Nile, and also with regard to communica- tions from the Italian Government, respecting tile passage of their troups through Zeiia a portion of the Somali Coast Protectorate, for which leave had been granted by Her Slajesty's Government. Sir. Balfour stated with regard to the arrangements made for the debate on Thursday on the subject of the employment of Indian troops in Egypt that the Secretary for India had communicated to him a telegraphic message which he had received from the Indian Government urging that rhe matter should not be gone on with until the Governmeat had received and considered a despath embodying Iv -o their views on the subject. That was a request the Government couid not refuse, and he was afraid he must ask the House to allow the matter to stand over to a later day. The despatch would probably be received in about three weeks. Mr. Labouchere gave notice that it was" not beyond the bounds of probability" that the Opposition would take a day. A motion, made by Mr. P. A. Sluntz, to adjourn over Derby day was afterwards discusse 1, and rejected by 199 votes to 58. Wednesday. In the Hojse of Common, on the motion that the Benefices Bill as amended by the Standing Com- mittee be considered, Mr H. S. Foster moved the rejection of the measure. Mr Warner seconded the amendment, which was negatived without a division. Mr Macdona moved a new clause with the object of vesting the right of presentation, in the caM of a rural parish in the parish council, and where there was no parish council in the overseers of the parish, and in the case of a borough urban district the borough council or district council ;n which the parish is situated. The clause was negatived. Sir. Warner then moved that in all cases where a right of presentation lapsed or became vacant under the Act the right of presentatiou should go to tbe Crown. Th:s was defeated by 116 votes to 49. Mr I oster, en behalf of Mr J. Lowther, moved the omission of the first sub-section of the first clause, on the ground that it infringed the rights of private patrons. Sir H. Fowler complained that the promoters of the bill had not followed the recom- mendations of the Committee which sat in 1884. The amendment was defeated by 202 votes to 22. Mr Foster proposed the omission of the second sub-section, but the amendment was negatived without either discussion or division. Yerv little progress had been made when the debate was adjourned. • Thursday. Answering Mr. Lees Knowles in the House of Commons, MI. Chaplin said the terms of reference to the Commission on Tuberculosis would be to en- quire and report what administrative procedure was available and would be desirable for controlling the danger to man from the use of food which might have been affected by tuberculosis, and what were the considerations which governed the action of responsible authorities in condemning or not con- demning for the purposes of food supply, animals or meat exhibiting symptoms of of disease. la reply to Sir W. Priestley, Mr Chaplin said the adoption generally of the practice of calf-to-arm vaccination would involve an entirely new organisation and a very large expenditure of public money. He doubted the expediency of making any change in the law pending the receipt of the report of the Royal Commission. Mr Chamberlain, in reply to Mr. M'Kenna, said that from official infor- mation in his possessien he had no doubt that Mr. Rhodes was not assnming control over civil and military aflairs in Matabeleland. Asked bv Sic J. F. Leese if his attention had been called to the recent discovery by Professor Bilderbeck Gomees of an alleged method of treating rhea fibre on an economical and effective basis, Lord G. Hamilton replied in the negative, but he had no doubt that it would receive attention from those interested in the matter. In answer to several questions, Mr. A. J. Balfour said with regard to the Conciliation Bill, be hoped it would be referred to the Grand Committee without further discussion. Mr. J. E. Barlow, the new member for the Frome division, took his seat, and was heartily cheered by the Opposition. Mr. Balfour stated that the Irish Land Bill would be taken on Monday next. The Light Railways Bill, as amended, as afterwards considered. Mr Strachey moved au tuneodmeiit to provide that no advance should be made by the Treasury unless they were satisfied that the com- pany undertaking the construction of the light rail- way had not imposed such terms or conditions as to rates, Ac., as, in the opinion of the Board of Trade, were unfair and oppressive to the district. The amendment was defeated by 18.3 votes to 85. Mr Stracbey then proposed that the Treasury advance should not in any case exceed half the total cost of construction, and this was accepted by the Govern ment and agreed to. Air Caldwell moved the onnsiion oi ihe sub-section granting an exemption for ID years m the local rates in respect of the increased value conferred on the land used in the making 01 a light railway, and it was agreed, after some uigcussion, to fix the term at ten yearn. Mr LIoyu-George moved an amendment to provide that if within ten years of the opening oi a railway to w lieu a free grant was made the net receipite t°ft OU t*le capital, the company should refund to the Treasury the amount advanced. Mr bltCle suggested Lhat it would be better to cm power the ireasn-y to make what terms they chose as to the repayment of a grant, and Mr Lloyd-George withdrawing his amendment, Mr Ritchie's sug. ges ion was adopted. Clause 6 provides that the total amount to be advanced by the Treasury under BIll shall not exceed one million, and thaz the special advances shall not exceed ° Mr. Strachey proposed to limit the specie .iQ,ai]ces to £ o0,C00, but the motion was defeated by 232 votes to 87. Sir. Caldwell pro- poseu to give the Board of Trade power to hold a ocal inquiry. Sir. Ritchie pointed out that Clause 14 said "if the Board of Trade hold a oca inquiry, thus implying its power to hold one. AU-. bowles objected to legislation by internee, and -Air. Ritchie then accepted the ameuasnent, which was agreed to. Mr. iien- shaw moved an amendment to provide that before the orders approved by the Board of Trade become binding they should be laid before both Houses of Parliament. The amendment, after a long discussion, was rejected by 167 votes to 70. Sir. Ritchie proposed an amendment providing that there should be no variations of the provisions of the Lands Clauses Acts except such as appeared to the Board of Trade to be required by the special circumstances of the case, and that where any such variation was made the Board of Trade should make a special report to Parliament on the subject. After some discussion the amendment was modified and agreed to. Mr Ritchie afterwards moved to reverse the decision of the Standing Committee, which was carried by the casting vote of the Chair- man, to the effect that in determining the amount I of disputed compensation tHe arbitrator should make no additional allowance in respect of the I purchase being compulsory. After a long -dis- cussion Mr Ritchie moved the closure, which was carried by 308 votes to 81, and the amendment was then adopted by 201 votes to 90. A number of other amendments were disposed of before the debate was adjourned. —- -——