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. IIMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. I

I HOUSE OF IORDS.—JULY 4.…

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I HOUSE OF IORDS.—JULY 4. FORMAL BUSINESS. The Ancient Monuments Protection Bill was, on the motion of Lord Avebury, read a third tinne and passed. The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Bill passed through Committee and was reported without amendment to the House. Lord Waldegrave moved that a committee of five lords should be appointed to join with a committee of the House of Commons for the purpose of con- sidering the constitution of Queen Anne's Bounty Board. The motion was agreed to. HOUSE OF COMMONS. WAR QUESTIONS. Captain Norton having asked whether the time had not come for the publication of Sir G. White's Ladysmith despatches, Mr. Wyndham repeated the answer which he had given on previous occasions, that the publication of despatches was a question within the discretion of the Secretary of State. At the request of Sir W. Foster, Mr. Wyndham stated the number of cases of enteric fever admitted into hospitals at Bloemfontein during each of the eight weeks ended on May 11 and the number of cases that ended fatally. In the whole period there were 2087 admissions and 286 deaths. THE CHINESE CRISIS. Mr. Brodrick informed Sir H. Campbell-Banner- man, who asked for the latest news respecting the crisis in China, that a large number of foreigners and missionaries had taken refuge in the British Legation at Pekin, which was now besieged. He added that the situation at Pekin, whence no direct information had come, was undoubtedly very grave. Mr. Pritchard-Morgan subsequently asked leave to move the adjournment of the House in order to call attention to the position of the British Legation at Pekin and the steps that should be taken to meet the situation. The question whether leave should be given having been put .by the Speaker in the usual way. the Nationalist members and a fairly large number of Radical members rose in their places to signify assent, but the occupants of the front Opposi- tion bench remained seated, as did all the supporters of the Government. The suggestion which Mr. Pritchard-Morgan had to make was that the Govern- ment, in conjunction with the Governments of other Powers, should consider the expediency of creating a Regency in China, and he maintained that the person who should be selected as Regent was Li Hung Chang. Mr. Joseph Walton feared that before Li Kung Chang could be made Regent the lives of the Euro- peans would have been sacrificed. In his opinion the best course to take would be for the Powers to intimate to the Viceroys administering the Yang-tsze regions that there was no intention of seizing Chinese terri- tory.' The Government should also inform Li Hung Chang that he would be held responsible in purse and person foe any outrages committed upon foreigners in the district under his government near Canton. Mr. Gibson Bowles said that he had been informed that six out of the nine viceroys of China had met together and formed a provisional Government, and that they were prepared and able to guarantee good order and safety in the central and southern pro- vince. Here, then, was a da facto Government ready to take charge of the abandoned empire, and lie urged her Majesty's Ministers to recognise it without delay. Mr. Dillon asked whether there was any founda- tion for the report that the United States Admiral disapproved of the attack upon the Ta-ku forts, and Sir E. Ashmead-Bartlett counselled the Government to invite Japan to intervene at once. Mr. Brodrick declined at the present juncture to be led into a discussion as to the policy to be pur- sued in future-in connection with China. It might be the duty of the Government to consider the pro- priety of conferring on Li Hung Chang some special authority to act on behalf of the Powers for the preservation of order, but in present circumstances I it. would not be right to announce their adoption of this or any alternative policy. The Govern- ment had been reproached because they had not invoked the intervention of Japan; but, as a matter of fact they had communicated to every Power concerned their desire that as large a force as possible should be placed at the disposal of the officers on the spot. There was no reason to suppose that there was any difference of opinion between the American admiral and the other com- manders with regard to the attack on the Taku forts. It had been made perfectly clear to Japan that the British Government hoped that Power would supple ment considerably the Japanese contingent already landed, and he had no reason to think that any in- iluence had been exercised by othor countries to dis- courage Japan from undertaking the work of restoring order. He pointed out, however, that there would be serious difficulties in the way of any relieving force of great magnitude. He summarised the course of events since May 20 and then explained in detail the provision which her Majesty's Government had made to meet the emergency. Nearly 2000 men had been landed, making with the contingents of other Powers 13,500 troops. With them were 53 field guns and 36 Maxims. Ten thousand men were going to China from India, and the Indian Government with cha- racteristic promptitude had already despatched several transports with some of these troops. The naval force which was available ought to be amply sufficient to protect the isolated treaty porta where foreigners resided. The Government could not at present decide what form the government of China should take, but the Viceroys had been in- formed that as long as they used their influence for the preservation of law and order they would ba supported. For the present the safety of the Lega- tions and the preservation of order were the only points to which the Government could be expected to direct their attention. That there should be com- plete accord between all the Powers was a matter of vital importance, and up to the present there had been complete agreement between them to take steps that ought to be taken. Sir E. Grey agreed that the present was not an opportune moment for discussing large questions of policy affecting China, and that the one paramount necessity was the work of rescue. Afterwards would come the work of reparation. He trusted that the Government would exercise their influence with the Powers to avert anything like a partition of China, which would bo calamitous to all concerned. The motion was then withdrawn. IRISH TITIIE RENT CHARGES. I The remainder of the sitting was devoted to the consideration of the Irish Tithe Rent-charge Bill in Committee, and the Nationalist members, led by Mr. Dillon, manifested their hostility to the measure by protracting the discussion of the tirst clause until iridnight. Amendments which would have curtailed the benefits proposed to be conferred oq payers of ecclesiastical tithe rent- charge by the measure having been negatived by majorities of 50 and 42, speeches of considerable l length were delivered against the policy of the clause on the question that it stand part of the bill. On the stroke of twelve, Mr. Balfour moved the closure, which was carried by 144 votes against 64, and after another division the clause was passed.

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