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IN PARLIAMENT. MOM J>A.Y. Mr T. E. Ellis promised inquiry into a grievance at Pennrynydd, Anglesey, where it was alleged that William Jones had been threatened with ejection or actually ejected from an almshouse, chiefly because he had neglected to attend the parish church, such attendance being a condition of the tenancy. Replying to questions respecting the disturbances in the mining districts, Mr Asquith said he had sanctioned the despatch of 250 London police to Yorkshire. The Govern- ment had no power to put an end to the dispute, but, in common with the whole nation, they earnestly hoped that counsels of moderation would prevail. The cost of the disturbances would fall upon the ratepayers of the districts in which they occurred. The House then went into 'Committee of Supply. Mr Hanbury moved the {reduction of the War Office vote, alleging that two officials in connection with the department had in their search for a new explosive picked the brains of inventors for their own personal benefit. Mr Campbell-Bannerman said these charges applied to the period before he took office, but he asserted that Mr Hanbury in his railing accusation had done two loyal officials considerable injustice, and that he had himself accepted cordite, finding that it answered all the purposes of a smokeless powder. The amend- ment was rejected without a division. A long discussion followed on the Duke of Connaught's appointment to Aldershot. In the House of Lords, in reply to Lord Denman, the Earl of Kimberley said it was immaterial whether tho 8th or the 9th inst. was recorded as the date of the rejection of the Home Rule Bill. The Consolidated Fund (Naval Defences Amend- ment) Bill passed through all its stages. TUESDAY. In the House of Commons Mr H. Fowler (Pre- sident of the Local Government Board), replying to Mr. Lees Knowles with respect to the condition of the Ship Canal, said the Salford Corporation were in a most perplexing position. The area im- pounded by the Company contained sewage that was most injurious to the health of Salford, and he suggested that the Corporation should take legai advice as to whether the Company were en- titled to create the nuisance. It was extremely probable that the Corporation would have to go to Parliament for further powers to deal with the nuisance. The Local Government Board would assist them in every possible way to cope with the difficulty which now confronted them in the midst of a dense population. Questions were asked as to the powers of poor-law guardians to provide work for the destitute, and also with re- gard to the railway rates on the North Stafford line. Mr Shaw-Lefevre said the Queen had given her consent to toe hoisting of the National flag at Wesminster during the sitting of Parliament, and that the cost would be J615 a year. Inquiry was promised with regard to the prohibition of the miners' meeting at Barnsley. The House went into Committee of Supply, and on the volunteer vote Mr Campbell-Bannerman announced that Her Majesty had sanctioned the bestowal of a decoration on volunteer noncommissoned officers for zeal and efficiency in the service. The food supply for the army was criticised, and Mr Han- bury moved the reduction of the vote for provi- si ns and forage. The amendment was rejected by a majority of 110. WEDNESDAY. In the House of Commons a number of Scotch subjects were discussed. An attempt was made to condemn Mr Esslemont, the chairman of the Scotch Fishery Board, for speaking at a political meeting, but it was explained that he had simply replied to the personal attack. Several votes were agreed to, and progress was reported. On the vote for the Local Government Board Mr. H. Fowler complained that Sir John Gorst had en- deavoured to make political capital out of his at- titude with regard to the unemployed. He was as anxious as anyone that occupation should be found for the destitute, but he pointed out that it would be unwise without the consent of the Gov- ernment for a Minister to adopt a proposal that would practically do away with the existing poor- law policy. Sir William Harcourt questioned with regard to mining royalties in Wales, said the Government acted on the principal of encour- aging industries. THURSDAY. In the House of Commons Sir E. Grey, replying to a question, said so far as the Government were aware no proposals had been made to restrict British trade in Siam. Lord Dufferin was fully alive to ths importance of British commercial in- terests, and would receive instructions in case they were threatened. Questions were asked with regard to the appointment of magistrates in Ireland, and the position of check-weighmen in relation to mineowners in Scotland. Air Fowler remarked that the local authorities were making careful inspection of fruit, and particularly of fruit and vegetables from abroad. The report with regard to the choleraic outbreak in the country was satisfactory, with the exception of the state of things at Ashbourne, which was serious, eight deaths having occurred. These persons all drank at the same pump, and the water was, to say the least, suspicious. The house then went into Committee of Supply. On the Irish votes considerable discussion arose with regard to the Government policy iu Ireland. Mr John Morley contended that Liberal rule had already been beneficial, and he quoted statistics showing that agrarian crime had decreased. FRIDAY. In the House of Commons Sir W, Haicourt said the adjournment of tha House would be moved immediately the Government business was concluded. Mr Fowler gave further infor- mation with respect to the cholera outbreak at Ashbourne. There had, he said, been nine deaths. The yard in which the people crowded was in a very filthy condition, but measures had been taken to purify the place, and he meant to push this case to the extreme point of at ascer- taining the real powers of the Local Government Board. Sir W. Harcourt, indicating the course of business, said the Pistols Bill would be with- drawn, for Mr Hopwood, had convinced him that it was a controversial measure, having vindicated the right of shooting at all ages. The House then went into Committee ot Supply. Discussion followed on Irish administration and education, and many votes were agreed to.

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