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imperial parliament. HOUSE OF LORDS-FRIDAY. The Inùustrial Exhibition Bill passed through com- mittee. HOUSE OF COMNIONTS-FRIDAY. Mr. GREGORY gave notice that on an early day he should ask what steps the Government had taken to pro- tect the property acquired by British subjects in the Confederate States prior to the breaking out of the war. Ou the order for going into Committee of Supply, Mr. HENNESSY moved a resolution to the effect that as Russsit had set at nought her engagements of 1815 respecting Pol,ud, the house should decree the forfeiture of the sum annually conceded by this country to Rus- sia, under the name of the Russo-Dutch Loan. Lord PALMKRSTON h.vviug shown, first that the House of Commons could not make the suggested decree, and, second, that the Russo-Dutch loan had nothing whatever to do with the obligations of Russia towards Poland, the motion was withdrawn. The house was then engaged in an interesting dis- cussion relative to the duty of the Government to make arrangements for extending our trade with foreign na- tions. HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY. The Earl of Cl ireridon, in compliance with a request ir,id?. by ibc Earl of Derby, postponed the second read- ing of Lhe Public Schools Bill until Monday, April 3, in order that more time m;ght be afforded for the considera- tion of ii.8 provisions. The Industri d Exhibitions Bill was read a third time and passed. HO(Tx.<: OF COMMONS.—MONDAY. Mr. WATKIN asked when the Secretary for India intended to make his financial statement. Sir C. WOOD replied that the accounts had not yet come to hand, and consequently he was unable at pre- sent to fix a day for the statement. Mr. GREGORY inquired whether any steps had been taken 'to protect the property of British subjects in the Confederate States, whenever proof was shewn that such property was purchased and paid for before the out- break of the war. Mr. LAYARD presumed that the question related to cotton, some of which had been destroyed by the Con- federates and some captured by the Federals. To the owners of the cotton destroyed, he held out no hope of recompense; but with respect to the cotton captured, he said that British owners would, if possible, be afforded opportunities of substantiating their claims in Federal Courts. In reply to Sir M. Peto, Mr. CHILDERS said that a. bill would shortly be brought in to provide for the future administration of the affairs of Greenwich Hospital. On the motion for going into Committee of Supply, Mr. H. BERKELEY called attention to the probability of a war with America," and contended that our dock- yards and harbours were not efficiently protected. The Marquis of HARTIN'GTON declined, to discuss the probability of war with the United States, an't strictly confined his reply to the subject of dockyard defences. The forts, he said, were mounted with guns ef sufficient power to resist the attack of a wooden fleet; while our iron-cased squadron could be employed in keeping simi- lar vessels of an enemy at bay. After some remarks from other members, the subject dropped. The house afterwards went into Committee of Sup- ply on the army estimates, and various votes were agreed to. The Consolidated Fund Bill, the Mutiny Bill, and the Marine Mutiny Bill were read a second time. HOUSE OF LORDS.—TUESDAY. The Affirmations (Scotland) Bill was read a second time. After brief and uninteresting discussions relative to the accommodation for prisoners in Middlesex and the treatment of the casuil poor in London, their lordships adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—TUESDAY. Lord C. BRUCE (Mr. Estcourt's successor in the repre- sentation of North Wilts) took his seat. In reply to Mr. Hankey, Mr. T. G. BARING stated that the Government would in a short time introduce a bill for the better protection of life and property against fire in the metropolis. Mr. BAINES asked if the Government intended to pub- lish at shorter intervals the reports of consuls and lega- tion secretaries, for the better information of the mer- cantile community. Mr. LAYARD replied that arrangements had been made whereby he hoped to be enabled to place the reports on the table every month. In answer to Mr. Lawson, Sir G. GREY said that his attention had been called to the horrible scene at the recent execution at Durham, and he had written to the high sheriff of the county (who was responsible in such matters) requesting the adoption of such steps as would prevent any similar accident in future. Mr A. SmTll moved for a select committee to inquire into the office of works, and the office of woods, forests, and laud revenues. H e charged these departments with extravagance, mismanagement and inefficiency, and said nothing short of a revolutionary reform would suffice to purge them of their vices. Mr. F. Peel contended that there was no necessity for again inquiring into the administration of the two offices, and the motion was negatived without a division. Mr. Monsell having obtained leave to bring in a bill to amend the law relating to obnoxious oaths, Mr. SHERIDAN moved the following resolution:—"That in the opinion of this house it is expedient that the reduc- tion of fire insurance duty made in the last session be extended, at the earliest opportunity, to houses, house- hold goods, and all descriptions of insurable property." The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER strongly opposed the motion. He reminded the house that already this session it had declined to anticipate the budget by a resolution in favour of the malt tax, and he exprt ssed a hope that it would not stultify itself by taking an oppo- site course in reference to the duty on fire insurance. After a short debate the house divided, and the mo. tion was adopte by 137 votes against 65. Leave was given to Sir J. Shelley to bring in a bill to regulate the qualifications of chemists and druggists in England and Wales; to Mr. Goschen to bring in a bill to abolish certain tests in connection with academical degrees in the University of Oxford and to Sir Wil- liam Dunbar to bring in a bill to amend the laws rela- ting to procurators and conveyancers and law agents in Scotland.