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IN PARLIAMENT. MONDAY. In the House of Commons Sir U. Kay-Shuttle- worth informed Sir E. A. Bartlett that all the ten battleships provided for under the Naval Defence Act would be completed early in 1894. The House again went into Committee on the Local Government Bill. Mr H. Fowler's amend- ment providing that there should be a parish council ior every parish with a population of 200 or upwards was carried by 203 to 134. Mr Fowler moved another amendment that an order of the county council might provide, if the parish meeting consented, for establishing a parish council in a rural parish having a population less than 200, and also provide for grouping a parish with some neighbouring parish or parishes under a common parish council with the consent of the parish meeting. The right hon. gentleman accepted an amendment moved by Mr Henea^e adding words to the effeet that a parish with°a population of less than 100 the county council should determine whether it should have a parish council or not; and, thus amended, the Govern- ment amendment. wcis agreed to. After further discussion clause 1 was passed, and some amend- ments to clause 2 were also disposed of. The House of Lords sat nearly two hours dis- cussing the Sea Fisheries (Scotland) Regulation Bill, which was eventually read a second time. TUESDAY. In the House of Commons Mr Asquith, replying to a question as to the committal of several persons to prison at Stroud for non-payment of fines imposed under the Vaccination Acts-in some cases second fines,—said he regretted the state of the law on the subject, and the Govern- ment had introduced a bill to alter it; but if he were to remit the penalties he should be in fact repealing an Act of Parliament. The House again went into Committee on the Local Govern- ment Bill. Mr W. M'Laren moved an amend- ment to include married women ratepayers among the persons entitled to vote for Parish Councils. Mr H. Fowler said he intended at the proper time to insert a new clause removing altogether the disqualification of married women in respect of local government elections. Mr A. J. B-ir'our said if this was done it would make it impossible in the future to keep those women off the Parlia- mentary register, and Mr Chamberlain said he should certainly oppose the extension of the franchise to women in municipal elections. Mr M'Laren's amendment was then withdrawn. Mr Courtney moved an amendment to give effect to the cumulative system of -voting. The amend- ment was strongly opposed by the Government and was rejected by lid to 114. WEDNESDAY. The House of Commons again went into Com- mittee on the Local Government Bill. To the proposal that the proceedings should begin not earlier than six or later than eight o'clock in the evening Sir R. Paget moved an amendment that, the proceedings should begin at such time as the parish meeting itself should decide. The amend- ment was rejected by 219 to 106. Clause 2 was still under discussion when the hour for adjourn- ment arrived. THURSDAY. In the House of Commons Mr Mundella made a statement about the havoc caused by the recent gales. The Board of Tiade, he said, had received returns showing a loss of 237 lives, and additional returns were coming in hourly. The number of persons reported to have been saved was 5o8— 105 of these by lifeboats,—and the Royal National Lileboat Institution claimed that 102 lives had been saved in addition to those of which the Board of Trade had returns. The right hon. gentleman added that the Lifeboat Institution was managed better than any other institution of a similar character. In reply to Mr Labouchere, Mr Gladstone said the Government intended t carry into effect in the spirit in which it was adopted the resolution of the House in regard to the county magistracy, but the method of doing so must be in accordance with the machinery at the disposal of the Executive. On the order for the third reading of the Employers' Liability Blil Mr Chamberlain said that when the bill passed employers would insure, and the result would be to get rid of whatever inducement of self-interest there now was to take precautions against acci- dents. If the Government would not face and settle the question of compensation for all classes of accidents, they might have left the free force of voluntary arrangements fair play. Mr Asquith defended the measure in a speech of some length. The bill was eventually read a third time amid cheers. FRIDAY. In the House of Commons Mr Gladstone in- formed Mr W. Johnston that the Government had not at present in contemplation any plan for setting up a residence for the Duke of York in Ireland. Her Majesty's Government, however, were of opinion that it was a matter of national importance that the best relations should be established between the Royal Family and the people of Ireland. Mr J. K. Hardie asked leave to move the adjournment of the House in order to discuss the question of the widespread want of employment in the country, but permission was refused by 142 to 44. The House again went into Committee on the Local Government (Parish Councils) Bill. Mr Fowler moved an amendment that no person should be disqualified by sex or marriage from being elected a member of a Parish Council, and after a short discussion it was carried amid cheers. In th House of Lords the Employers' Liability Bill was read a first time, and the second reading was fixpd for Thursday next. On the motion of the Earl of Morley the House passed by 35 to 22 a resolution declaring that it was desirable that a Select Committee should be appointed to join with a Committee of the House of Commons in considering the equitableness of the better- ment" principle.



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