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House again resolve into Committee on the Church of Ireland Bill, Sir J. Graham inquired whether it was intended to proceed with it de die in diem :-Lord J. Russell and Lord Morpeth replied that was the intention, when other business would afford the opportunity:--The House then resolved into Committee, Lord Morpeth having intimated that he should propose an amendment of the clause regarding the receivership of the surplus funds, and the mode of paying what the Commissioners might deem themselves competent to grant for the purposes of general instruction. The discussion of the clauses occupied the remainder of the sitting.
July 28.-The report of the Committee on the motion to admit ladies in the House of Commons was brought up and ordered to be printed.The report of the Hull Election Committee was brought up, and Colonel Thompson, the sitting Member, declared elected.-Mr. S. Rice obtained leave to bring in a Bill for the Consolidation of the three offices of Paymasters of the Army, Navy, and Ordnance.
July 29.-Captain Boldero inquired if it was true that some British sailors had been shot by order of Don Carlos ?-Lord Palmerston replied that the only information he had received was from the commander of the Ringdove, which stated that some marines, having straggled away, had been taken; that one had been shot in consequence of the order of Don Carlos respecting all foreigners in arms; and that the others had been marched into the country. These men had belonged to Commodore Henry's squadron, who assisted in the defence of Bilboa against Don Carlos.-The Irish Church Bill went through the Committee.-Lord Morpeth afterwards moved that there be advanced 50,0001. from the Consolidated Fund to the Irish Church Commissioners, for the purpose of being used to promote general education, which was eventually agreed to.
July 30.--Mr. Tooke postponed his motion respecting the London University, the Attorney-General having stated that he had prepared two Charters in pursuance of his Majesty's decision upon the Address of that House, which he hoped would give satisfaction. --Mr. Hume afterwards moved, in consequence of the evidence adduced before the Ipswich Election Committee, that M. Keith be committed to the custody of the Sergeant-at-Arms, which, after an extended discussion, was agreed to.-Mr. M. O'Connell moved for a Committee on General Darling's conduct, which was opposed by the Ministers, but, after some discussion, was carried-the numbers being, for the motion, 55; against it, 47; majority, 8.
July 31.-Mr. Robinson presented a petition from officers in the East India Company's Maritime Service, excluded from compensation under the late Act, which, after some discussion, was laid upon the table.—Mr. Wason moved that M. Keith be sent to Norwich, in custody of the Sergeant-at-Arms, to give evidence, if required, in the case of Mr. Pilgrim.After some conversation the motion was agreed to.
Aug. 3.—Mr. Hume moved that T. M. Keith be sent to Norwich, in custody of the Sergeant-at-Arms, to give evidence before the Grand Jury, relative to the Ipswich Election matter. After some discussion the House divided, and the motion was carried by a majority of 8.-On the motion of Lord J. Russell, seconded by Sir R. Peel, a resolution was passed unanimously, expressive of the just sense entertained by the House of the services of H. Seymour, Esq., the late Sergeant-at-Arms.- The Chancellor of the Exchequer entered into a detailed explanation of the terms of the loan just contracted for, which he described as highly advantageous to the country.-Votes charging the interest of the loan, and a further sum for compensation to the slave-owners of Barbadoes, upon the Consolidated Fund, were passed. The House then went into Committee on the Church of Ireland Bill. Several amendments were proposed and negatived, and the whole of the clauses having been agreed to, the House resumed. -Lord J. Russell obtained leave to bring in a Bill further to reduce the Militia Staffs in Great Britain and Ireland.
Aug. 4.-In answer to Mr. Wallace, with respect to the expense of the mails, Mr. Labouchere announced that a contract had been concluded with certain respectable persons, by which he trusted there would be a saving to the country of 11,0001. or 12,0001. per annum.-On the motion of Mr. G. Berkeley, that the report of the Committee for the admission of Ladies to the gallery of that House be received, a division took place, when the numbers were--for the motion, 83; against it, 86; majority, 3.-Mr. T. Duncombe moved that a Select Committee be appointed to inquire into the case of Col. Bradley.—After some discussion, a division took place, when the motion was negatived by a majority of 68; the noes being 34 to 102.--Mr. Hume brought forward his promised motion respecting Orange Associations in the army; and concluded by moving an address to the King, recommending the subject to his Majesty's attention. The debate was postponed.
Aug. 6.-Mr. W. Patten, as Chairman of the Committee on Orange Lodges, informed the House that by Monday he expected the whole of the evidence taken before the Committee would be ready to be laid upon the table. He also stated that he had received a letter from the Duke of Cumberland, which the Committee had determined to print with the evidence.-The Speaker informed the House that he had received a communication from the late Sergeant-at-Arms, expressing his dutiful acknowledgments to the House.—Lord F. Egerton, as Chairman, reported from the Committee on the Great Yarmouth election, that E. H. Lushington Preston, Esq., J. E. Lalor, Esq., and Green, Esq., received notices, but declined answering the questions, put to them.- Mr. Hume moved that these gentlemen be called to the bar.-Mr. Preston appeared at the bar, and stated that he would not answer the Committee, his objection being that he is an accused party.-The witness having withdrawn, Mr. O'Connell moved that he be committed to Newgate.-A long discussion took place, in which the Solicitor-General insisted that the witness was justified in his refusal.- Mr. O'Connell after this withdrew his original motion, in order to substitute one to the effect that the witness be called in, and informed by the Speaker that he was bound to answer all questions before the Committee, except such as tended to criminate himself.—Upon this the House divided ; for the motion, 113; against it, 65.—The witness was accordingly called in and admonished by the Speaker.-Mr. Lalor was then called to the bar, and after a long examination and discussion, he and Mr. Green were admonished by the Speaker. - Lord F. Egerton moved that W. Prentice be committed to Newgate.-Mr. Hardy proposed, as an amendment, that Mr. Prentice be called to the bar, and admonished in the same way as the other witnesses.--After some discussion, the House divided, when there appeared, for the original motion, 83; against it, 16.Mr. Plumtre moved for the minutes of evidence at the trial by court-martial of Captain Acheson, of the Royal Artillery, at Malta, in the The House divided, when there appeared, for the motion, 27 ; against it, 54.
Aug. 7.-Lord J. Russell moved that, for the remainder of the session, orders of the day should have precedence of notices of motion.-Mr. Hume asked what prospect the Noble Lord had of the termination of the session. Should it be nécessary, in reference to measures before another place, he should move a call of the House.- Lord J. Russell said, if any extraordinary circumstances should arise, the present order might be set aside.--After a short conversation, the motion was agreed to.—În reply to inquiry, the Attorney-General said he had looked over the report on the Ipswich election case, and he did not think there was any evidence in it likely to convict the late Members of bribery.
Aug. 10.--Mr. Goulburn inquired whether there was any truth in statements that he had received of desertions from the Portsmouth garrison having taken place, and of the parties having entered the service of the Queen of Spain ; and if so, whether the Government had adopted any steps thereupon ?-Lord Palmerston said that a hulk had been granted for the assembling of the troops enlisted for the Queen of Spain, in compliance with request; and that the Spanish Ambassador had expressed a wish that the hulk should be searched whenever such a proceeding might be deemed requisite.-Lord Howick remarked that some individuals had deserted, under the erroneous impression that they were at liberty to enter such service, and that Lord Hill had issued orders for the strictest inquiry, and forbidding recruiting at Portsmouth.-In reply to Mr. G. Price, Lord Palmerston intimated that the Spanish prisoners who had sought refuge in Gibraltar would not be given up on the demand of the Spanish Consul.
- The House resolved itself into a Committee of Supply, when the miscellaneous estimates were proceeded with, and several grants were voted.
Aug. 11.—Lord Palmerston, in reply to Mr. Robinson, stated that the notice from the Portuguese Government announcing its intention to suspend the treaty of 1810, had been accompanied by an intimation that it was desirous to enter into a new treaty upon principles of reciprocal advantage. He had no objection to lay upon the table so much of the despatch as was necessary.-The reduction
of the Militia Staff Bill passed through a Committee.-On the motion of Mr. Hume, a Committee was appointed to inquire into the institution and extent of Orange Lodges in Great Britain and the colonies. The order of the day for resuming the adjourned debate on Orange Lodges in Ireland was then read. A long debate ensued, the result of which was the adoption of Mr. Hume's motion, with some alterations, suggested by Lord J. Russell, for an address to his Majesty, praying him to institute an inquiry into the existence and extent of Orange Lodges
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Aug. 12.-The Municipal Corporations' (Ireland) Bill was read a second time, after a brief discussion.--The Prisons' Regulation Bill went through a Committee.—Lord Morpeth moved the third reading of the Irish Church Bill.-Mr. J. Young opposed it, as most injurious to the Established Church of Ireland, and as calculated to give satisfaction to no party in that country.—The Bill was, after some discussion, read a third time and passed.
Aug. 13.—Lord J. Russell moved the third reading of the Militia Staff Reduction Bill.—Colonel Sibthorp moved, as an amendment, that it be read a third time that day six months.-On a division, there appeared, for the motion, 109; for the amendment, 9.-The Bill was then read a third time and passed. The Attorney-General, in reply to inquiry, stated that he had commenced proceedings against persons charged with bribery at the Ipswich election.-Resolutions were proposed by Mr. Hume, to the effect that the resolutions of the House in 1801, with regard to the printed papers, should be rescinded, and that a new scheme, on the principles recommended by the late Committee, be adopted.-Considerable discussion ensued, and several of the resolutions were postponed till the next Session.
On the question that the Journals should be printed in a smaller type, a division took place, there appearing for the motion, 22 ; against it, 40.The resolutions agreed to were ordered to be sent up to the Lords for their assent.-- The Slave-owners' Compensation Bill, after some discussion, was read a third time, and passed. -The Irish Corporations' Bill was committed, and the clauses agreed to; the Peace Preservation (Ireland) Bill was also committed.-A clause was proposed by Mr. S. Crawford, to'extend the operation of the Bill to England and Wales, but it was negatived without a division.—Mr. Baring obtained leave to bring in a Bill to amend the 3rd and 4th of William IV., so far as relates to the office of Clerk of the Crown.
Aug. 14.- The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in a Committee of Ways and Means, brought forward his financial statement, “ the Budget." By the April balance-sheet, the income was 46,087,0001., and the expenditure 45,185,000l., leaving a surplus of 902,000l. ; but by the balance-sheet up to July, the income appears to have been 45,539,0001, and the expenditure 44,334,0001., leaving a surplus of 1,205,0001. instead of 902,0001. Lord Althorp anticipated an income of 45,778,0001., whereas the income has been 45,539,0001., showing a falling off of 239,000l. ; but then he had calculated the expenditure at 44,800,0001., whereas it did not exceed 44,334,0001., so that there was a diminution of expenditure of 466,0001. to meet a diminution of income of 239,0001., being a surplus of 227,0001. beyond Lord Althorp's calculation, So much for the past year. The Right Hon. Gentleman then calculated the income of the country, for the coming year, at 45,550,0001. and the expenditure at 44,715,0001., leaving a surplus of 835,000l. But from this surplus certain deductions were to be made. It had been decided on Thursday night to provide for the interest due to West India proprietors, from the period that they suffered a pecuniary loss by the abolition of slavery. This interest has not yet been voted, and is to be provided for from the 1st of August, 1834. The total possible charge for the present year on account of the West India loan is 1,010,0001., against which there can only be set the surplus of 835,0001.. so that there may be a deficiency of 175,0001. This is stating the liability at the utmost possible amount; but he was of opinion that the amount would not exceed between 600,0001. and 700,0001., so that there might be a surplus of from 150,0001. to 200,0001. The Right Hon. Gentleman went into a variety of statements of exports and imports, of consumption of commodities in general use, of the increase of manufactures, &c., to show that the country was rapidly improving. The alteration in the poor-laws had greatly reduced the expenditure of the country, and particularly the agriculturists, while it had greatly benefited the working classes. Having stated the income and expenditure for the year, he remarked that ere is little room for the reduction of taxes. The duty on flint glass is to be reduced from 6d. to 2d. a pound—the drawback in proportion. The loss to the revenue from this reduction he estimated at between 60,0001. and 70,0001. for the present year. In future years the loss would be made up by increased consumption and the diminution of smuggling. An alteration in the duty on spirit-licences, which is to be fixed on a scale graduated according to the consumption, would cause a reduction of about 40,0001. at the utmost. The repeal of the stamp-duty on awards in Ireland would at the utmost amount to 5001. These are the only reductions. In conclusion, Mr. Rice declared that he was warranted in asserting that the credit of this country surpassed that of any country in the world.-A long and desultory discussion followed, in which many liberal Members, among them Mr. C. Buller and Mr. Hume, expressed their extreme dissatisfaction at the paltry reductions proposed, and at the absence of all mention of any reduction of the stamp-duty.—Mr. Buller said there was contempt in the way it had been passed over.- The Tories, on the other hand, led by Mr. Goulburn, said they were satisfied with the measure.- Mr. Rice then rose, and with regard to the reduction of the duty on newspapers, the Right Hon. Gentleman said it amounted to 450,0001. He had not a surplus to that amount, but supposing that he had, would the House consent to its being applied to the reduction of the stamp-duty on newspapers? The advocates of the reduction declared that it would be worse than nothing, unless the whole duty were repealed at once. He hoped the House would be disposed at some fit and convenient time to consider the subject of the stampduties on newspapers, with a view to a better arrangement ultimately ; after which the resolutions were agreed to.
Aug. 16.—Lord J. Russell presented his Majesty's answer to the resolutions of the House regarding Orange Lodges, which was as follows:-"My attention has been, and shall continue to be, directed to practices contrary to the regulations and injurious to the discipline of my troops. I owe it no less to the dignity of my Crown than to the safety of the country and the welfare of my brave and loyal army, to discourage and prevent any attempts to introduce secret societies into its ranks; and you may rely on my determination to adopt the most effectual means for that purpose."The Imprisonment for Debt Bill was read a third time and passed, and ordered to be forwarded to the Lords.
Aug. 17.-Lord J. Russell, in answer to Mr. Lynch, stated that next Session the Government would propose a Bill to separate the judicial from the senatorial functions of the Lord Chancellor.—Mr. Hawes moved certain resolutions with a view to extend the time for the delivery of designs for the New Houses of Parliament to the 1st of January next; they were opposed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and negatived without a division.
Aug. 18.—Mr. W. Patten reported from the Select Committee on Orange Institutions in Great Britain and the Colonies, that Lieut.-Col. Fairman, who was represented to this Committee as Deputy Grand Master and Secretary to the Orange Lodges of Great Britain, having been called upon to produce a letter-book stated to be in his possession, and which he admitted contained copies of letters, entered by himself and agents, having reference to the proceedings of such Orange Institutions, had refused to comply with such requisition. The report having been brought up, it was ordered to be printed, and it was further ordered that Lieut.-Col. Fairman should attend at the bar of the House.
Aug. 19.—Mr. Hume moved that Lieut.-Col. Fairman, the Deputy Grand Secretary to the Grand Orange Lodge of England, be called to the bar, he having refused to produce the letter-book of the lodge.-Col. Fairman having been called, said that he had offered to make selections from the copies of correspondence in his possession; but the book he did not produce even to the Committee of the Grand Lodge, and should not if they asked for it. He now refused to produce the book containing correspondence on the subject of Orange Lodges; and he did so on public grounds. He would not produce copies of all the letters regarding Orange Lodges, because he would not act under the influence of threat, be the consequences what they might.-Col. Perceval moved that the short-hand writer should be instructed to read over to Col. Fairman the questions and answers put to him and made by him before the Committee and in the House.-The Chancellor of the Exchequer resisted this proposition, as tending to establish a dangerous precedent.-After a long conversation, Col. Perceval said he should protest against compelling the witness to produce his private letter-book, as the exertion of a despotic power.-The House divided on Colonel Perceval's proposition. The numbers were, ayes. 19; noes 129; majority against it, 110.-Colonel Fairman was again examined, and again refused to produce the book.–Mr. Wallace moved that the Colonel be taken into custody of the Sergeant-at-Arms, with the view of next moving that the Sergeant and officers of the House go with the witness to his residence, and there seize all books and papers, seal them, and bring them to the House, there to be examined by a Select Committee, to separate those that bore upon the question of Orange Lodges, and to forward them to the Committee thereon.-Colonel Fairman being further examined, said that the book was in his possession at his residence, but he would not say where there.—The Colonel again withdrew, and a long and somewhat stormy discussion arose on the subject. It was, however, eventually determined that Lieut. Col. Fairman should be called in and informed that it was the opinion of the House that he was bound to produce the book.—He again refused, and was thereupon ordered to withdraw.
Aug. 20.-Mr. Hume brought up a report from the Committee on Orange