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their Lordships to divide.-The amendment was agreed to, as were some other amendments.
Aug. 14. The Duke of Richmond brought in a Bill to abolish unneces sary oaths, which was read a first time.-On the motion of Lord Melbourne, the Militia Staff Reduction Bill was read a second time, on the understanding that the debate on the principle of the Bill should be taken on going into Committee on Monday next.-Their Lordships then went into Committee on the Corporations' Bill.
Aug. 16.-Their Lordships having gone into Committee on the Corporations' Bill, Lord Lyndhurst, on clause 25, moved an amendment to the effect that one-fourth of the Councils, or whatever the bodies might be called, should be elected for life.-Lord Brougham and Lord Melbourne, at great length, resisted it, as striking at the foundation of the Bill.-The debate occupied the whole of the evening, when the Committee divided. The numbers were-for the original clause, 39; for the amendment, 126; majority against Ministers, 87.
Aug. 17.-The Municipal Corporations' Bill was again considered in Committee. On clause 35 being read, which provides that existing Mayors and Councils shall go out of office, on elections of Councils under this Act, Lord Lyndhurst moved an amendment for their continuance. It led to considerable discussion, but was eventually adopted, as were various other amendments proposed by Lord Lyndhurst.
Aug. 18.-The Duke of Cumberland, on presenting a petition from Trinity College, Dublin, for the support of the church, took the opportunity to contradict statements that had been made of his having countenanced the establishment of Orange Lodges in that University. His Royal Highness stated that he had not countenanced their establishment in any place where it was deemed that they could be prejudicial, nor on any occasion where he had been not applied to.-The Earl of Wicklow inquired whether it was likely, by next Session, there would be a more convenient House for their Lordships to assemble in ?-Lord Duncannon said he could not at present give any positive answer; it would depend on the decision on inquiries now in progress. When there was a decision the works could be commenced immediately.-The Duke of Richmond thought that it would be better to continue to meet in the present House until the permanent one was prepared, rather than have some thousands expended on a temporary building.
Aug. 19.-On the motion for the third reading of the Limitation of Polls at Elections Bill, the Marquess of Salisbury proposed an amendment that "two hundred" be substituted instead of the number, who, as the Bill at present stands, might poll at each booth, viz., three hundred. The amendment was negatived without a division.-The Noble Marquess then moved that the oath clause be omitted.-Their Lordships divided, and the amendment was negatived by a majority of 83 to 61.-Clauses 8 and 9 were omitted; the other clauses were agreed to, and the Bill then passed.Lord Melbourne moved the second reading of the Church of Ireland Bill, and supported it at considerable length.—After a long discussion it was read a second time, the Bishop of Exeter giving notice that in the Committee he should move the omission of sundry clauses-namely, those carrying into effect the principle of " appropriation."
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
July 27.-Mr. S. Crawford moved an address to his Majesty to be pleased to give directions to extend relief to the poor in Mayo; the_motion, however, was eventually withdrawn, on the assurance from Lord Morpeth that Government had adopted, and would persevere in all prac tical and advisable measures to afford relief.-On the question that the
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 50,000l. 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 11,000l. or 12,000l. 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 year 1824. 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 necessary, 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. In 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 in the army.
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 46,087,000l., and the expenditure 45,185,000, leaving a surplus of 902,000l.; but by the balance-sheet up to July, the income appears to have been 45,539,000, and the expenditure 44,334,000l., leaving a surplus of 1,205,000l. instead of 902,000l. Lord Althorp anticipated an income of 45,778,000l., whereas the income has been 45,539,000/., showing a falling off of 239,000l.; but then he had calculated the expenditure at 44,800,000l., whereas it did not exceed 44,334,000l., so that there was a diminution of expenditure of 466,000l. to meet a diminution of income of 239,000l., being a surplus of 227,000. 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 45,550,000l. and the expenditure at 44,715,000l., leaving a surplus of 835,000. 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 1,010,000l., against which there can only be set the surplus of 835,000l.. so that there may be a deficiency of 175,000l. This is stating the liability at the utmost possible amount; but he was of opinion that the amount would not exceed between 600,000l. and 700,000l., so that there might be a surplus of from 150,000l. to 200,000l. 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 there 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 60,000l. and 70,000l. 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 40,000l. at the utmost. The repeal of the stamp-duty on awards in Ireland would at the utmost amount to 500l. 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 450,000l. 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