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passed in the paesent session of Parliament, entitled “ An Act to make Temporary Provision for the Government of Lower Canada ;” and for indemnifying those who bave issued or acted under a certain Ordinance, made under colour of the said Act." After a lengthened debate, the second reading was carried by a majority of 18.The Irish 'T'ithe Bill, after the introduction of some amendments by the Duke of Wellington, was read a third time and passed.- Viscount Melbourne moved the second reading of the Post Office Bill, which was opposed by the Duke of Richmond on account of the advanced period of the session, which did not leave time for the necessary investigation by a committee up stairs. On a division the Bill was lost by a majority of 32 to 25.
Aug. 10.— The royal assent was given by commission to the Stamp Dies Bill, the Juvenile Offenders' Bill, the Slave Trade (Sicily) Bill, the Slave Trade (Tuscany) Bill, the Affirmation Bill, the Recovery of Tenements Bill, the Custody of Insane Persons (England) Bill, the Constables on Public Works Bill, the Hackney Carriages (Metropolis) Bill, the Bank of Ireland Repayment Bill, the Loan Societies (Ireland) Bill, the Fisheries (Ireland) Bill, the Schools (Scotland) Bill, the Liverpool Clergy Endowments Bill, the Liverpool Court of Passage Bill, the Church Rebuilding Amendment Bill, the Duke of Roxburghe's Estate Bill, and Lethbridge's Estate Bill, - The Customs Bill, the Militia Pay Bill, the Militia Ballots Suspension Bill, the Mails on Railways Bill, the Mediterranean Postage Bill, the Joint Stock Bank Bills, the Court of Session (Scotland) Bill, the Trading Companies Bill, and the Copyright Bill, were severally read a third time and passed. The Ecclesiastical Appointments Bill went through committee. On the question that their Lordships resolve into committee on the Canada Government Act Declaratory Bill, Lord Melbourne said that he did not deny the illegality of part of Lord Durham's ordinance that he should not offer opposition to the Bill after what had passed, but that he should propose amendments so as to secure ample indemnity to those who might have acted on the ordinance.On the question that the Report be received, Lord Melbourne proposed a clause to the effect" that nothing in said recited Act contained sball be beld to prevent the Governor of Canada in Council from passing such laws and ordi. nances as shall be deemed necessary to preserve the safety of Canada, or for the punishment or detention in custody of parties who have been engaged or shall hereafter be engaged in any conspiracy against her Majesty's Crown and dignity.”—The amendment was ultimately withdrawn, and the Report received. The Bill to be read a third time on Monday.-On the motion of Lord Haddington, it was agreed that the clauses struck out of the Sheriffs' Court (Scotland) Bill by the Commons should be restored, and a committee appointed to draw up reasons. -The Prisons (Scotland) Bill was read a third time, and on the question that it do pass, Lord Mansfield divided the House, when there appeared 11 for the Bill and 15 against it. The Bill is therefore lost.— The Registration of Voters (England) Bill was reported. With reference to the Imprisonment for Debt Bill, the Lord Chancellor proposed to defer the operation of it from the 1st October till the 1st December. This was objected to by Lord Brougbam, and the consideration of the Commons' amendments was fixed for Monday.-The Earl of Minto withdrew the Parliamentary Burghs (Scotland) Bill.— The Pensions Bill went through committee.—The Tin Duty (Cornwall) Bill was postponed to Monday.- The Duchy of Cornwall Leasing Bill was read a second time.
Aug. 13.—The Port of London Coals Regulation Bill, the Four-and-a-Half per Cent. Duties Repeal Bill, the Exchequer Bills (Public Works) Bill, the Gaols (Ireland) Bill, the Personal Diligence (Scotland) Bill, and the Registration of Voters Bill, were severally read a third time and passed. The Canada Indemnity Bill was read a third time and passed.--A conference was held with the Commons on the subject of the Benefices Pluralities Bill.–The Duchy of Cornwall Tin Duties Bill was read a second time.-In considering the amendments made by the Commons on the Imprisonment for Debt Bill, Lord Brougham objected to the 20th clause, by which it was rendered imperative on proprietors of newspapers to insert all official advertisements with respect to the schedules of insolvent debtors at the fixed price of three shillings.--Lord Lyndhurst concurred in the objection of Lord Brougham, and after a short conversation, it was agreed that Lord Brougham should, on the instant, draw up a short Bill to meet the objection of which he complained. The noble and learned lord then took a sheet of paper from the table, and in about five minutes drew up a supplemental Bill on the subject. The Bill was subsequently read a first time, and the noble lord gave notice that he would to-morrow move the suspension of the standing orders, that it might be considered with all possible despatch.
Aug. 14.-The Royal assent was given by commission to the Exchequer Bills Bill, the Exchequer Bills (Public Works) Bill, the Transfer of Aids Bill, the Pension Bill, the Benefices Pluralities Bill, the Disembodied Militia Bill, the Militia Ballot Suspension Bill, the Judges Jurisdiction Extension Bill, the Oaths Validity Bill, the Conveyance of Mails on Railways Bill, the Mediterranean Postage Bill, the Public Records Bill, the Coal Trade Port of London Bill, the Slave Trade Treaties Bill, the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster Bill, the Joint Stock Banks Bill, the Fines and Recoveries (Ireland) Bill, the County of Clare Treasurers' Bill, and the Patent Sugar Duties Bill.—The Private Bill Deposit Bill went through a Committee.-The Valuation of Land (Ireland) Bill was read a third time and passed.— The third reading of the Trading Companies Bill was moved by the Lord Chancellor, and Lord Brougham moved as an amendment that it be read a third time “this day three months." The amendment was carried, and the Bill was consequently lost, by a majority of 12 to 10.--The Duchy of Cornwall T'in Duties Bill went through committee, was reported, and ordered to be read a third time on Wednesday
Aug. 15.- The Royal Assent was given, by commission, to the Church Building Act Amendment Bill, the Church Dignitaries Appointment Suspension Bill, and the Tithes Composition Bill.-Mr. Bernal and others from the Commons brought up the Valuation of Lands (Ireland) Bill, and several other Bills, the amendments on which were agreed to. The Imprisonment for Debt Bill, and the Sheriffs' Court Scotland Bill were also brought up by Mr. Bernal, who stated that the House of Commons did not insist upon their amendments to either of these Bills.-A conference took place with the Commons relative to the amendments made by their Lordships on the Court of Session Scotand Bill. On the return of the conference, the Earl of Shaftesbury stated that the Commons had agreed to all the amendments but one, and on the motion of the noble earl, their Lordships declined insisting upon that amendment.--A conference also took place with the Commons relative to the amendments made by their Lordships on the Registration of Electors Bill. The Earl of Shaftesbury, on the return of the conference, stated that they bad agreed to some of the amendments, and disagreed to others.- Viscount Melbourne said, that as the House of Commons could not agree to their Lordships' amendments on the boundary clause, they had struck out the whole clause. He therefore should move that the House should not insist upon the amendment objected to by the House of Commons. The House then divided, when there appeared-For the clauses as amended, 88; against them, 58 ; majority in favour of the clauses as amended by their Lordships, 30.- The third reading of the Tin Duties (Cornwall) Bill was carried by a majority of one-the numbers being 27 and 26.
Aug. 16.- Tbis being the day appointed for the prorogation, at the hour of twelve the doors were thrown open to those who had obtained tickets of admission, and in a short time the strangers’ gallery was graced with the presence of ladies, elegantly attired in morning dresses.--Not more than a dozen Peeresses were present on the benches, the upper benches being occupied by ladies admitted in the same manner as in the strangers' gallery.- The Lord Chancellor presented the Fourth Report of the Poor Law Commissioners of England and Wales.--At half-past one o'clock the Foreign Ambassadors took their places, and by two the Peeresses arrived in quick succession. Among the Peers who at this time entered the House, were the Duke of Sussex, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Norfolk, Viscount Melbourne, the Marquis of Lansdowne, and Lord Glenelg.–At half-past two o'clock the firing of guns and flourish of trumpets announced the arrival of her Majesty, who shortly afterwards entered the House, preceded by the heralds and great officers of state, and attended by the Duchess of Sutherland, the Marchioness of Lansdowne, and the other Ladies of the Household.The Queen, having taken ber seat on the throne, desired their Lordships to be seated; an intimation immediately obeyed. Sir Augustus Clifford, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, was then directed to sum. mon the Commons. Shortly after, the Speaker, with a large body of Members, appeared at the bar, accompanied by Sir Augustus Clifford. — The Speaker then addressed the Queen in a speech detailing the proceedings of the session.—The following Bills received the Royal Assent, in the accustomed form and words, viz. the Consolidated Fund Bill, the Canada Government Indemnity Bill, the Duchy of Cornwall (Tin Duties) Bill, the Private Bill Deposits Bill, the Valuation of Lands (Ireland) Bill, the Personal Diligence (Scotland) Bill, the County Treasurers (Ireland) Bill, the Imprisonment for Debt Bill, the Customs Bill, the Sheriff's Court (Scotland) Bill, and St. Saviour's, Southwark, Grammar School Bill. The Lord
Chancellor, kneeling on his right knee, then presented to Her Majesty & manuscript copy of the Royal Speech.-Her Majesty, in ber usual distinct and emphatic manner, then read as follows:
My Lords and Gentlemen, “ The state of public business enables me to close this protracted and laborious session.
“ I have to lament that the civil war in Spain forms an exception to the general tranquillity. I continue to receive from all Foreign Powers the strongest assurances of tbeir desire to maintain with me the most amicable relations.
“ The disturbances and insurrections which bad unfortunately broken out in Upper and Lower Canada have been promptly suppressed, and I entertain a confident hope that firm and judicious measures will empower you to restore a constitutional form of government, wbich unhappy events bave compelled you for a time to suspend.
“I rejoice at the improvement which bas been made in my colonial possessions towards the entire abolition of negro apprenticeship.
“ I have observed with much satisfaction the attention which you bave bestowed upon the amendment of the domestic institutions of the country. I trust that the mitigation of the law of Imprisonment for Debt will prove at once favourable to the liberty of my subjects, and safe for commercial credit; and that the Established Church will derive increased strength and efficiency from the restriction of the granting of benefices in plurality.
“ I have felt great pleasure in giving my assent to the Bill for the relief of the destitute poor in Ireland. I cherish the expectation that its provisions have been so cautiously framed, and will be so prudently executed, that whilst they contribute to relieve distress, they will tend to preserve order and to encourage habits of industry and exertion.
“ I trust, likewise, that the Act which you have passed relating to the Compositions for Tithe in Ireland will increase the security of that property, and promote internal peace.
“ Gentlemen of the House of Commons, “ I cannot sufficiently thank you for your despatch and liberality in providing for the expenses of my household and the maintenance of the honour and dignity of the Crown.
“I offer you my warmest acknowledgments for the addition which you have made to the income of my beloved mother. .“ I thank you for the supplies which you bave voted for the ordinary public ser. vice, as well as for the readiness with wbich you bave provided means to meet the extraordinary expenses rendered necessary by the state of my Canadian possessions.
“ My Lords and Gentlemen, “The many useful measures wbich you bave been able to consider, wbile the settlement of the Civil List and the state of the Canadas demanded so much of your attention, are a satisfactory proof of your zeal for the public good. You are so well acquainted with the duties wbich now devolve upon you in your respective counties, that it is unnecessary to remind you of them. In the discharge of them you may securely rely upon my firm support, and it only remains to express an humble bope that Divine Providence may watch over us all, and prosper our united efforts for the welfare of our country.
The Lord Chancellor announced that the Parliament stood prorogued till Thursday, 11th October.-Immediately afterwards ber Majesty and her attendants quitted the House, all the Peers and Peeresses standing, and returned to the palace in the same order as before.
House of COMMONS.—July 23.—The Prisons Bill, having first received an amendment, to the effect that, whenever there are fifty Roman Catholics in any prison, an ecclesiastic of their own persuasion shall be provided for their religious instruction and consolation, was read a third time and passed.-On the motion of Lord John Russell, the House went into Committee on the Tithes (Ireland) Bill.Lord J. Russell proposed to strike out the first clause, and to substitute instead thereof a clause to the effect that the right of all persons to tithes or to arrears of tithes which had already accrued, or wbich might hereafter accrue, sball cease and determine, &c.-A long discussion followed, and eventually the motion was carried bya majority of 21.
Some debate and two divisions took place on subsequent clauses, but the Bill did not undergo any important alteration, and the House having resumed, the third reading was ordered for Thursday.-The Liverpool Clergy Endowment Bill was read a second time. The Schools (Scotland) Bill-after the rejection of an amendment of Mr. Gillon that it be read a second time that day six months-was read a third time and passed.Some other Bills having been advanced a stage, the House adjourned.
July 24.-Several Bills were advanced in their respective stages without discussion. In the Committee on the Lighthouse (Gibraltar) Bill, Mr. Hume moved the omission of the clause wbich imposes a tax of one shilling on all vessels passing Gibraltar. The amendment was negatived by a majority of 92 to 22. The other clauses were agreed to without opposition.—Lord Jobn Russell then moved the order of the day for the consideration of the Lords' amendments to the Irish Poor Law Bill.-The Speaker intimated that some amendments introduced by the House of Lords militated against the general rule of that House, which did not allow of alteration in its enactments imposing rates and charges of any kind upon the people, This rule had, however, in several instances been relaxed.- Lord John Russell thought the present measure was one which required some relaxation of the general rule, and the House seemed to concur in his lordship's opinion.-The Lords' amendments were then gone through seriutim and agreed to, with a few inconsiderable modifications.-On the motion that the Registration of Elections Bill be read a third time, the Attorney General proposed a clause, to the effect that the seven miles of distance should be computed by the nearest public way by land or water, which was agreed to by a majority of 50 to 18, and the Bill was read a third time.—The Ecclesiastical Appointments Suspension Bill passed through a committee.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved that the Post Office Bill be committed. This was opposed by Colonel Sihthorp, who moved that the Bill be committed that day three months. After some discussion a division took place, when there appeared for the original motion, 81; for the amendment, 56.- The Bill then passed through Committee, without any important amendment, and the report was ordered to be received on Thursday.- The Imprisonment for Debt Bill was read a third time.
July 25.-The Turnpike Acts Continuance Bill, the Turnpike Acts Continuance (Ireland) Bill, the Arms and Gunpowder (Ireland) Bill, and the Administration of Justice (New South Wales) Bill, were severally read a third time and passed. The report on the Gibraltar Lighthouse Bill was brought up and received. The Entails (Scotland) Bill was read a second time.—The Commons' disagreements to the Lords' amendments of the Poor Relief (Ireland) Bill were, in a conference, forwarded to the Lords.—Sir E. Codrington moved that a select committee be appointed to take into consideration the case of the naval officers as compared with the other branches of the public service.--Mr. Wood opposed the motion, and Captain Pechell supported it.In tbe course of the discussion, Mr. Hume took occasion to advert to the favouritism which prevails in both services; and in proof of his position, alluded to the recent promotion of the son of Sir Thomas Troubridge, one of the Whig Lords of the Admiralty. This remark drew down upon the hon. member severe animadversion from all sides of the House. The motion was ultimately negatived without a division.
July 26.—Lord J. Russell moved the third reading of the Tithes (Ireland) Bill. -Mr. Dillon Browne, with a view to its total defeat, moved by way of amendment, that the third reading should be postponed to that day six months. Lord Ebrington and Mr. M. J. O'Connell supported the Bill, and Mr. Ward spoke in favour of the amendment. On a division there appeared--For the third reading, 148 ; for the amendment, 30; majority for the third reading, 118.-Mr. Hume then moved the omission of clause 38, which goes to divide the money, which was negatived by 96 to 39. The Bill then passed. The Mails on Railways Bill was read a third time and passed.- Some other Bills were forwarded a stage, and the House adjourned.
July 27.-The House was occupied during nearly the whole of the evening with the miscellaneous estimates not previously voted. The only discussion of interest arose upon the grant of 10,000l. for the Polish refugees. Lord Sandon urged the Government to increase the grant to 15,0001. Mr. Rice at first refused to accede to this suggestion, but every one speaking in favour of it, Mr. Rice said that Government would take the subject into consideration. The Post Office Bill was reported, and ordered to be read a third time on Monday. The Mediterranean Postage Bill, and the Entails (Scotland) Bill, went through committee.--Lord Howick brought in a Bill for the due keeping of sundry accounts under the control of the Secretary at War; and Mr. Rice brought in a Bill to amend the law relative to legal proceedings by Joint Stock Banks against their own members, and by members against the companies. The Bills were read a first time,
July 28.-The County Clare Treasurer Bill was read a third time and passed. Messengers from the Lords brought up the Municipal Corporations (Ireland) Bill, with the Lords' amendments.-The Prisons (West Indies) Bill was read a second time.- The Entails (Scotland) Bill was read a third time and passed. The House then went into committee on the China Courts Bill, which was eventually withdrawn.
July 30.-The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in Committee of the whole House on the Civil List Act, recapitulated the chief beads of the report of the Committee on Pensions, intimated the wish of Government to carry the recommendations of tbat Committee into effect, and moved that “provision be made enabling her Majesty to provide out of the Consolidated Fund for pensions granted previously to her Majesty's accession.”—The motion was agreed to.-The House" then went into Committee of Supply.-On the vote being proposed for Ordnance services occasioned by the insurrection in Lower Canada, Sir E. Sugden commented on the course pursued by Government towards that colony.--After some remarks from Lord John Russell and other hon. members, the vote passed. The Customs Bill was read a third time and passed. The Joint Stock Banks Bill, the Forms of Pleadings Bill, and several others, were advanced in their respective stages.
July 31.–The Liverpool Clergy Endowments Bill was read a third time and passed. The Slave Trade Treaties (Sicily and Tuscany) Bills were read a second time, as was the Militia Ballot Suspension Bill. Lord John Russell moved that the House should agree to the Lords' amendments to the Benefices Pluralities Bill. The motion was deferred until Monday. The report of the Committee of the whole House on the Civil List Acts was brought up; a resolution was agreed to, " that provision be made out of the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, to defray the charge of such peosions as prior to the accession of her Majesty were charged upon the Consolidated Fund under the authority of Act 2nd and 3rd of William V., cap. 116, upon the Civil List, and upon the four and a half per cent. duties," and a Bill founded thereon ordered to be brought in by Mr. Rice and Lord J. Russell.--The Joint Stock Banks Bill went through Committee. The Ecclesiastical Appointment Suspension Bill was read a third time and passed. The Shannon Navigation Bill was withdrawn. Tbe Grocers' Spirit Licenses (Ireland) Bill was read a second time.
Aug. 1. - The Chancellor of the Exchequer obtained leave to bring in, and afterwards brougbt in a Bill “to continue” the Bank of Ireland Act for one year. After the Militia Suspension Bill and some other orders bad been disposed of, the Lord's amendments to the Dublin Police Bill baving been agreed to, &o., the House adjourned.
Aug. 2.-The Lord Advocate brought up reasons for dissenting from some of the Lords” amendments to the Sheriffs' Courts (Scotland) Bill; they were forwarded to the Lords.- The report of the Private Bill Deposits Bill was received; the Affirmations Bill, the Militia Pay Bill, the Stamp Duties Bill, the Valuation of Lands (Ireland) Bill, were severally read the second time; the Slave Trade Treaties (Sicily and Tuscany) Bills, the Joint Stock Banks Bill, and the Transfer of Funds (War Office) Bill, &c., were read the third time and passed; the Bank of Ireland Repayment (Suspension) Bill was read the second time.-Lord John Russell then moved the order of the day for the consideration of the Lords' amendments to the Municipal Corporations (Ireland) Bill. The question that the House do consider the Lords' amendments was then put and agreed to. An amendment was proposed by Mr. Ball, and agreed to without a division, to the effect that persons seeking to be placed upon the roll as freemen should establish their claim before a person appointed by the Lord Lieutenant for that purpose.--An amendment by Lord Jobn Russell, giving to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland the power of altering at his discretion the boundaries of boroughs, was carried by a majority of 8.- On the 101. qualification clause, as restored by the Lords, Lord John Russell moved that an allowance of onefourth per cent. should be made to the occupier in lieu of charges for repairs, insurance, and other expenses. On a division, the numbers were-ayes, 169; Does, 154—majority, 15.-The words “ all other local cesses” were struck out, on the motion of the Irish Attorney-General, by a majority of 18. The Lords' Amendment, striking out the provision for the payment of municipal rates at bankers, was then negatived by a majority of 20, on the motion of Mr. Ball.-On the motion of Mr. Q'Connell, the amendment requiring an oath on the admission to municipal office was