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Dublin City Voters Disfranchisement Bill—Bill 184

Volume 202: debated on Monday 4 July 1870

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( Mr. Solicitor General for Ireland, Mr. Chichester Fortescue)

Second Reading

Order for Second Beading read.

said, he could not allow the second reading of this Bill to pass without saying a word respecting the exaggerated statements made with regard to the voters in Dublin, in consequence of which a Bill was introduced last Session with the object of totally disfranchising the freemen of Dublin, a very small proportion of whom had been proved to be corrupt. The Government had in this matter acted with great fairness, because they had rejected these suggestions of general corruption, and had confined the provisions of the Bill to the cases actually reported upon by the Commissioners. He must, however, in making these observations, guard himself against being supposed to agree with the penalty provided in each individual case. He admitted that the Government were justified in drawing up the Bill in its present form; but trusted he should be able to show in Committee that there were special grounds for exempting particular persons from its operation.

said, that everyone who had read the Report of the Commissioners must have come to the conclusion that the Government ought to take action with regard to the Dublin freemen. The Schedules contained the names of 672 persons who were more or less engaged in corrupt practices, and he was sorry he was only able to ask the House to disfranchise 100 of them.

Motion agreed to.

Bill read a second time, and committed for Monday next.

Sheriefs (Scotland) Act (1853) Amendment, &C Bill

On Motion of The LORD ADVOCATE, Bill to amend and extend the Act sixteenth and seventeenth Victoria, chapter ninety-two, to make further provision for Uniting Counties in Scotland, in so far as regards the jurisdiction of the Sheriff; and also to make certain provisions regarding the duties of Sheriffs and Sheriffs Substitute in Scotland, ordered to be brought in by The LORD ADVOCATE and Mr. ADAM.

Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 191.]

Paupers Conveyance (Expenses) Bill

On Motion of Mr. PEEL, Bill for removing doubts respecting the payment of Expenses incurred in the Conveyance of Paupers in certain cases not expressly provided for by Law, ordered to be brought in by Mr. PEEL and Mr. GOSCHEN.

Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 193.]

Shannon Navigation Bill

On Motion of Mr. STANSFELD, Bill to amend and enlarge the powers of the Acts relating to the Navigation of the River Shannon; and for other purposes relating thereto, ordered to be brought in by Mr. STANSFELD and Mr. CHICHESTER FORTESCUE.

Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 192.]

Shipping Dues Exemption Act (1867) Amendment Bill

Act read; considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Resolved, That the Chairman be directed to move the House, that leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Shipping Dues Exemption Act, 1867.

Resolution reported:—Bill ordered to be brought in by Mr. RUSSELL GORNEY and Mr. COWPER-TEMFLE.

Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 191.]

House adjourned at a quarter after Two o'clock.