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PARLIAMENTARY. MONDAY. In the House of Commons Mr Bryce asked the Under Foreign Secretary Avhether the Government viewed with favour and would support a settlement of the affairs of Crete which should place the rights of the assembly and the arrangements for the local autonomy of the island under the guarantee of the Great Powers of Europe. He also asked whether the Under Secretary- could confirm the statements made with respect to the meeting of the Assembly. Mr Curzon replied that the Assembly only met at ten o'clock that morning, and he could make no statement as to the proceedings. Nor did he think the telegrams the Government had received added anything to the information last given to the House. He did not think it would facilitate the unanimity of the Powers if he made any statement of the views of the Government. Mr Bryce asked when he would be able to make a statement. Mr Curzon replied that he made one last week, and that he saw no necessity to repeat it. Mr Scott asked the Colonial Secretary if his attention had been drawn to the notice reported as having been promulgated at Capetown decreeing outlawry against the insurgents in Rhodesia, and declaring that all natives remaining under arms should suffer the punishment of death; whether he could state by whose authority it was issued; and whether it was to be taken as superseding the decree of clemency recently issued by Sir F. Carrington. In reply, Mr Chamberlain said the report referred to was inaccurate. He had not yet received the exact text of the proclamation, but after stating that natives bearing arms or aiding those with arms against the lawful authorities were liable to be apprehended as rebels, and upon trial and convic- tion might be sentenced to death or lesser punish- ment, it went on to say that in order to secure pro- tection from those penalties they must surrender themselves immediately, and that those who did so I before the 10th August would not be proceeded against, unless they Avere ring leaders or had been concerned in any murder or outrage. In reply to a question put by Mr. J. II. Roberts, Mr. Curzon ¡ read a telegram from Sir H. Kitchener stating that up to July 12 there had been 705 cases of cholera on the Egyptian frontier and 479 deaths. During the two preceding days no case had occurred at Kosheh or Akasheh, and it was hoped that the pre- cautions taken might prove successful in preventing any further spread of the disease. TUESDAY. In the House of Commons Mr. J. H. Roberts asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention had been called to the serious accideut to what was known as the London and North-Western "racer" at Preston at midnight on Sunday and whether, in view of the great risks to the travelling public connected with the practice of rival railway- companies racing to Scotland, the Board of Trade would make strong representations to the companies on the subject. Mr. Ritchie said he had directed an inspector to hold an enquiry, and until he had received the inspector's report he was unable to say what representations, if any, he should make to the railway company. In answer to Sir Wilfrid Lawson, Mr Ritchie said he could not say without notice whether any accident had happened to one of these trains before, but he could not admit that high speed meant danger. Mr. Chamberlain, re- plying to Mr. Farquharson, said his attention had been directed to the exceptionally large number of deaths among Europeans ou the Gold Coast in the early part of this year. Everything possible was be- ing done tokeep the Europeau officers in good health. Mr Chapiiu, in answer to Mr Cohen, said the Government., in the present state of public business did not propose to proceed with the London Water Board Bill. Mr T. Bayley asked the Colonial Secretary if his attention had been directed to the report of a speech by Earl Grey, as (Administrator of Matabeleland, in which he stated that the ill- treatment by white settlers was not the least potent of the causes of the present rebellion. Mr Chamberlain said he had not seen a full report of Lord Grey's speech. He gathered, however, that his Lordship's remarks in regard to the ill-treat- ment of natives by white settlers being amongst the causes of the recent rebellion referred to incidents which, in a newly settled country the size of Central Europe, were sometimes beyond the power :0£ any Administration to prevent, and that the measures contemplated by him were intended to provide against the recurrence of any such incidents in the future. Mr G. Balfour promised to make a statement on the following day on the subject of the Irish Land Bill. WEDNESDAY. In the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr. niMuu the Irish Chief Secretary whether he could state what course tba Government, had de- cided to adopt with reference to their amendments to the Irish Land Bill. Mr. G. Balfour replied that the amendments referred to related partly to pro- cedure and partly to improvements. As regarded precedure, the Government now proceeded to with- draw clauses 13 and 15 of the Bill, and also to accept the amendment now on the paper in the name of Mr. T. M. Healy, to omit sub-section 14 of clause 14. With respect to improvements, the Government proposed to omit sub-section 3 of clause 4, and to drop the amendment now on the paper. With reference to the other Government amendments to clause 4, it was their intention to move them, except the ons to omit sub-section 1 of the clause. Mr. Labouchere asked what would happen if the Bill did not get through Committee in the four days alloted io it. Mr. G. Balfour said he was not in a position to state at that moment. Sir W. Hareourt moved the adjournment of the House in order to call attention to the present con- dition of public business. He maintained that the had a right to know what was to be the course of public business, particularly as they were widlin a month of the time at which it was said that Parliament would be prorogued. That must mainly depend on the intentions of the Gov- eminent Avith reference to the Irish Land Bill, and tho practical question was what the Government intended to do with reference to that bill. Mr J. Dillon seconded the motion. Mr Chamberlain stated that the Government had acted throughout in a. perfectly straighforvvard manner. They declared that. the Bill would only be proceeded witti if it was treated as a non-contentious bill, and to that declaration they adhered. Mr J. Morley ridiculed the idea that a measure of the importance and complexity of that introduced by the Government, and especially one dealing with the Irish land ques- tion, coald ever be treated as a non-contentious measure. After some further debate, Mr G. Balfour said that while the Government would give three or four days in committee, they would not go sa far as to say that they were to he tied down to a single minute. If, after they had given those three or four days to the bill, they saw a reasonable chance of passing it, and if there Avas a disposition on the part of the Irish members to pass it, he thought there was some chance of passing the bill, and so far as the Government were concerned it was their earnest desire that it should pass. Sir W. Harcourt afterwards Avithdrevv his motion, and the Honse then proceeded to consider the Finance Bill as amended. The discussion of the amendment pro- posed bv Mr W. Jones, to omit clause 31, which dealt with the remission of the land tax, was con- tinued. Eventually the clause was cairied by 258 votes to 103, aud the third reading of the Bill was put down for Monday. T H CRSBAY. In the House of Commons on Thursday, Mr Stevenson asked the Under Foreign Secretary whether a communication had been received from the Cretan Distress Fund Committee expressing their desire that. the adminstration of relief should be on an international basis. Mr Curzon said such a communication had been received, and had been referred to the British Consul in Crete, AVIIOreplied that the establishment of an International Relief Committee was impracticable. In ansAvcv to Sir W Wedderbnrn, Mr A. J. Balfour said he could not hold ont any hope of being able, to give more time than in previous years for the discussion of the I Indian Budget. Asked by Mr. W. Redmond whether be would move the suspension of the twelve o'clock rule on the nights Avhen Irish Land Bill was set down for discussion, Mr. A. J. Balfour said that in all probability on Monday next he would have to ask for the general suspension of the rule. Sir H. Camphtdl-Bannerman asked whether, in view of the judgment pronounced on Tuesday night by the representatives of Scotland I upon the scheme proposed in the Scotch Rating Hil], 33 Scotch members having opposed it, Avhile 24 supported it, the Government intended to pro- ceed with the bill. Mr. Balfour replied that, the principle underlying the question was to him an entirely novel one, and not one which he thought could be accepted. Answer- in"- Mr. Flynn, Mr. Curzon said a report had been received from the British Consul in Crete stating that on the 12th inst. an officer and nine men sent from a Turkish gunboat to search native boats for ammunition were shot by Christians from the shore near Khalives. The gunboat shelled the coast for nine hours, but did not direct its fire against any Christian villages^ or houses. For the puroose of recovering the boc*ies of the ofheer and the men th) troops stationed at Khalives nioveu inland on the 13th and 14th, and serious fightiasr had since taken place, of which no Details had been received. The representatives of the Great Powers had addressed strong remonstrances to the Turkish Government with reference to the conduct of the military, and had urged that strict orders should be given for the troops to remain entirely oil the defensive. The House went into Committee on the Irish Land Bill, resuming the consideration of clause 2, which excepted certain holdings from the provisions of the Irish Land Acts. Mr. M. Healy moved to omit sub-section 3, which excepted from the benefits of the Land Acts town parks which adjoined a city and bore an increased value as accommodation land from ordinary holdings. Mr. G. Balfour accepted the I amendment, which was carried by 261 votes to 122. Mr. Smith-Barry moved the omission of a sub-section of the same clause dealing with I pasture holdings. The amendment was rejected by 293 votes to 54. Mr. T. IIcaly proposed to in- clude in the exceptions crag or mountain farms, but after some discussion withdrew his amend- ment. An amendment proposed by Mr M'Cartan, that among the holdings to be excluded from com- pensation for improvements should be those of £ 200 rateable value, instead of X100, was negatiA-ed without a division. Mr M'Cartan also proposed to omit that portion of the clause which provided that holdings where the tenants did not actually reside on them should be excluded from the benefit of the bill, but after a discussion withdrew his motion. Mr T. H. Robertson moved to omit sub-section 3 of clause 2, which provided that the Court might treat as a separate holding, land which was demesne land and not agricultural or pastoral in its character, and that a fair rent might be fixed for the re- mainder of the holding. In the House of Lords the Earl of Onslow moved a resolution, similar to that recently passed in the House of Commons, that the ordinary pay of the Indian troops employed in the Soudan should be charged on the resources of India. He agreed that when Indian troops were employed upon an ex- pedition or campaign unconnected with India the whole of the expenses should be p';id bv the Im- perial Exchequer. The question in this case was Avhether India had any interest in the stability of the government of Egypt, and he maintained "she was interested in Egypt and in the safety of the Suez Canal. Lord Lansdowne, in supporting the resolution, said he believed that Lord Elgin's Government, although not successful in getting all they wanted, had succeeded in obtaining from Her Majesty's Government the admission of certain principles which would place India for the future n an infinitely sounder position in regard to nch a controversy than she had ever before ccupied. Lord Kimberley opposed the motion. e did not see that there was any justification or calling on India to bear any part of the cost of the Soudan expedition, which was extremely injurious to Egypt and wholly unnecessary. Lord Salisbury remarked that the sum in ques- tion was small, but it. was a matter of prin- ciple. The question was the defence of Suakim. If Suakim had not been defended by the Indian taxpayers to the very small extent to which they were called into contribution, it must have been defended by the British taxpayers. Suakim meant the whole of the southern littoral of the Red Sea, and did they mean to tell him that India had no interest in that ? On previous occasions when it was found necessary to defend the southern shores of the Red Sea the ordinary expenses of the Indian troops, and generally some- thing more, were charged upon the Indian Treasury. He was stronody in favour of a tribunal of arbitration, and the adoption of such a scheme would, bethought, be far better than flinging money away in order to show their sympathy and gener- osity. Lord Rosebery- said that the Marquis had supplied a totally new explanation of the policv the Government were pursuing. They had never heard before of the necessity of garrisoning Suakim. He defied anybody to connect the expedition against the dervishes with the interests of India, and lie never had more satisfaction in his life in voting against a resolution than he had in voting against that. The House divided, when there were For the resolution. 92; against, 40; majority for 52. .0



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