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IN PARLIAMENT. I MONDAY. In the House of Commons, Mr Naoroji gave notice that he intended to move for the appoint- ment of, a Royal Commission to inquire, into the civil and military administration of India. Reply- ing to a question, Sir E. Grey said there were two and would soon be three British warships in Rio harbour for the protection of our subjects and pro- perty. Trade was paralised owing to the revolt, and merchants would do well to remember that they sent goods at a great risk. The neutral ships would endeavour to prevent the bombard- ment of the town by the insurgent vessels. The House then went into Committee of Supply. Dis- cussion followed on the cost of our embassies and their help to trade, and also on the attitude of the Government towards Uganda. With regard to the latter question, Sir Edward Grey said nothing would be decided till the autumn session-till the subject had been considered by the House. TUE3DAY. In the House of Commr ns Mr Fowler gave gratifying assurances as to the decrease of cholera. Mr Asquith stated, in reference to the recent dis- turbance in the mining district of Featherstone, that the question whether there should be any further was seriously engaging his attention. Questioned with regard to the threatened block- ade of Rio, Sir E. Grey said steps had been taken to protect British subjects and interests there. Report of Supply was then considered. Discus- sion followed with regard to our policy towards Mashonaland, and also on naval armaments. Exception was taken to the purchase of shells from foreign firms but Sir U. Kay-Shuttleworth said the Government had a right to go to the cheapest market, and in this purchase were mak- ing no new departure. On the report of the vote for the Admiralty, Mr A. Morton moved to omit the sum of £ 700, the salary of Prince Louis of Battenberg as naval adviser to the Inspector Gen- eral of Fortifications, but the amendment was neg- atived. The Post-office service and the action of the Government in relation to telephonic com- munication were commented upon. Many votes of supply were agreed to or carried on a division, and the House adjourned at eleven o'clock. The House of L(rds advanced several bills. The Light Railways (Ireland) Bill passed through all its stages, and the Savings Bank Bill was read a first time. WFDNESDAY. In the House of Commons, on the motion for the second reading of the Appropriation Bill, Mr James Lowther called attention to the recent dis-1 turbances in the mining districts of Yorkshire, and said it was incredible that such law-essuess should have been permitted. Mr Asquith again explained that it was the duty of the local authorities to put down disorder. He might advise them in an emergency, but they were at liberty to Accept or r ject his advice. A grave state of things had existed in the West Riding, but he was bound to say that the riotous proceed- ings that went on for some days, the wrecking of collieries and the burning of buildings, met with no sympathy from the men on strike. Certainly the Labour members had denounced him and cir- culated pitiful and ridiculous fiction against the Government, to the effect that they had deliber ately sent the forces of the Crown to take the side of the masters and crush the men, but where were the members who had made those charges ? Why were they nob in their places in the House, face to face with the Minister they had condemned and ready to fight the matter out. He thought it a most creditable circumstance that in the whole county of Lancaster, where a large number of miners had been out there had not been a single case of outrage or disturbance and he attributed this peaceful stite of things very largely to the restraining influence exercised by miners' leaders and organisations, for they had kept the men within the bounds of moderation and good sense. He promised an inquiry into the Featherstone disturbance, and appealed to the leaders of the men to put an end to the deplorable dispute in the coal industry. After some discussion of the foreign policy of the Government the Appropria- tion Bill was read a second time. The deb i te on the motion to go into Committee on the Indian Budget was interrupted by the half-past five o'clock rule, and the House adjourned. THURSDAY. Questions were asked in the House of Com- mons chiefly with regard to land purchase in Ireland and the situation in Mashonaland. Mr Buxton said the Government policy towards the latter country had been neither uncertain nor variable. Any grave disturbance in Mashonaland would certainly involve the peace of Bechuana- land and have far-reaching results in South Africa. The Government were therefore bound to take care that a war with Lobengula was not lightly entered into. But the British South African Company had entire freedom to take measures for resisting any attack by the Ma a- beles. It was decided that the House should meet on Friday and adjourn till November 2. The Appropriation Bill passed through Com- mittee. On the motion to go into Committee on the Indian Budget the condition of the people of India was discussed. Mr G. W. Russell said the Government were quite willing to inquire by the means at their disposal into any grievance, but they could not consent to the appointment of a Royal Commission as suggested by Mr Naoroji, for it would be a vast undertaking and could have no practical result. Sir W. Harcourt said the Government in opposing the proposal for a Com- mission e4id not take up the position that there was nothing to improve and nothing to reform in Indian administration. Such an inquiry, if made at all, should be ma.de by the responsible Govern- ment of the Crown. FRIDAY. In the House of Commons the Appropriation Bill was read a third time and the report of the Indian Budget agreed to. The House then ad- journed till the autumn session, which begins on November 2. In the House of Lords the Merchant Shipping Bill was committed to a joint committee of both Houses. The Appropriation Bill passed through all ts stages, and the Royal assent was given by Commission to a number of bills. Their lordships adjourned till November 9.


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