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IN PARLIAMENT. MONDAY. In the House of Commons, the Attorney- General said the Admiralty had been advised that the Duke of Edinburgh in becoming Duke of Coburg had assumed a position incompatible with active service in the British navy, and would not be permitted to receive pay as an admiral. Mr Gladstone added that the Duke would retain his place in the Navy List as a mark of honour. The Rouse resumed consideration of the Employers' Liability Bill as amended by the Standing Com- mittee on Law. The Attorney-General proposed a new clause making persons liable for the negli- gence of sub-contractors under them, and after some discussion it was carried. Mr Matthews moved a new clause exempting shipowners from liability for injury caused by the negligence of any member of the crew at sea. Mr J. H. Wilson spoke in opposition to the amendment, which was in the end negatived without a division. The later portion of the sitting was devoted to the discussion of proposals for bringing injurious em- ployments under the operation of the bill. In the House of Lords the Savings' Banks Bill, which enlarges the limit of the deposits in any one year to X50, that of the purchase of stock in any one year to Y,200, and that of the aggregate purchases of stock to £500, was read a second time. TUESDAY. In the House of Commons Sir U. Kay- huttle- worth, replying to a question put by Sir E. A. Bartlett as to the strength of the French fleet in the Mediterranean, said that Ministerial answers to such questions were not calculated to ininrove the relations between this country and other countries with whom we were at peace. Sir E. A. Bartlett protested against being thus lectured," and said that at the first opportunity he would call attention to the subject. Mr Asquith in- formed Mr Darling that notice of the meeting held in Trafalgar-squar last Sunday was given on the 3rd October by Mr Weiss on behalf of the members of "the Freedom Group," and the ob- ject of the meeting was stated to be the com- memoration of the Chicago Anarchists, and what was known as "Bloody Sunday" of 1887. He did not consider it consistent with the public in- terest to state whether there was any reason to suppose that the Anarchists now active on the Continent had any relations with those in th:* country. Mr Darling moved the adjournment of the House in order to call attention to the danger of permitting such meetings. Mr Asquith said the people who assembled in Trafalgar-square had not committed any offence against the law. If he thought there was serious danger to the public peace or to the good order of London or the kingdom in such proceedings he should cer- tainly not allow them, but he regarded these vapourings of very foolish and ignorant people as having at any rate the advantage of acting as a safety-valve to feelings and opinions which were only dangerous so long as they were held ¡u sup- pression. Mr A. J. Balfour said that to permit such meetings was to encourage the propagat on of opinions which endangered the very founda- tions of the social system. Mr Burns, speaking against the mction, said he believed the Anarch- ist tactics Lad led to the injury of the peop e's labour movement and of all other democratic movements. After some further discussion the motion for the adjournment of the House was negatived. The House then proceeded to further consider the Employers' Liability Bill. WEDNESDAY. In the House of Commons consider itiou of the Employers' Liability Bill was resumed. Mr Tom- linson's proposal was altered, giving the employers liberty to make the person causing the injury the third party in the action, so that the master, on satisfying the plaintiff's claim, could get his remedy from the negligent servant. On a division the clause was rejected by 162 to 61. Amend- ments were adop ed reducing the fees payable for entering these actions in the County Court, and for their trial if desired by jury, the number of persons on the jury to be left open. Other amend- ments were discussed, and the House adjourned at half-past five o'clock. THURSDAY. In the House of Commons Mr Buxton, replying to Mr Labouchere, said he was afraidthat the war necessarily altered the position of affairs in M ita- beleland. and the question became one of future policy withregard to the settlement of the country. The Employersr Liability Bill as amended by the Standing Committee was further considered, and the report stage was completed shortly after eight o'clock. The third reading was fixed for Thursday next. On the order to go into Committee on the Local Government (Parish Councils) Bill, Mr T. Bowles moved that it be an instruction to the Com mittee that they have power to divide the bill into two bills, and to embody all clauses relating to alterations in the Poor Law in a separate bill Mr H. Fowler said he regarded the proposed instruc- tion as useless. After some discussion the instruc- tion was nevigatei without a division. Mr W. M'Laren moved that it be an instruction to the Committee that they have power to in- sert provisions to enfranchise for the purposes of the bill all those women, whether married or single, who would be entitled to be on the local government register of electors or on the Parlia- mentary electors if they were men. Mr Fowler asked the House not to cumber the bill with this difficult and vexed question. On a division the instruction was carried by 147 to 126. The House then went into Committee on the bill. FRIDAY. In the House of Commons Mr Gladstone, replying to a question put by Lord George Hamilton, declined to snbmit to the House before the customary presen- tation of the Estimates a statement on the new ship- building programme, and said that neither the House nor the country naed entertain the smallest apprehen- sion as to the maintenance of the distinct naval sup- remacy of Great Britain. Mr Buxton, answering Mr Labouchere, said he believed that hostilities in fidata- beleland were now at an end. MrAcland informed Mr Snapethat if the deficiency of school accommodation at Horwich was not met within a reasonable time by voluntary provision it would become the dnty ot the Education Department to have accommodation sup- plied by means of a school board. Mr Gladstone, in answer to a question, said he did not think the Goverment ought to interfere with the decision of the Agricultural Commission to hold its Bitting" in private. It was incidentally stated in a replv given by Mr. Campbell-Bannermau that part of the additional military force sent to Egypt had already been withdrawn, and that it w s hoped that at no distant date a further reducion would be possible. A bill for the nationalisation of the mines and minerals of Great Britain and Ireland wall brougnt in by Mr J. Keir Hardie, and re%d a first time. The House again went in Comrn;tt,-e on the Local Government (Parish Council-) Bill. Sir Charles Dilke haying proposed to withdraw his amendment to bring urban as well as rural parishes into the scope of the bill, Sir JameB Fergusson said he thought they ought to have distinct assurances from the Government that they would not neglect this subject. Mr Henry Fowler said the Government proposed to oontrive some machinery for transferring to urban authorities in certain oases those powers which parish councils would possess in reference to allot- ments, charities, &c. The amendment was then by leave withdrawn. Other amendments were under discussion up to midnight. On the motion for the adjournment of the House Mr Mundella stated amidst cheers the terms of settlement of the coal trade dispute. The House of Lords, on the motion of the Earl of Kimberley, assented to the Commons' amendments to the Madras and Bombay Armies Bill, th" Marquis of Salisbury remarking that it was not worth while to insist, in opposition to the opinion of the House ef Commons, upon the provision which that House had struck out.