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Volume 38: debated on Friday 13 March 1896

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Army Flogging

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I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, whether flogging by the British cat-o'-nine-tails still continues in the Native Army in India.

The instances of flogging in the Native Army are of rare exception, and average about one in 2,000 annually; but I understand the right hon. Gentleman has correctly described the instrument which is used on those very exceptional occasions.

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether there existed any flogging by the cat-o'-nine-tails in the Egyptian Army or Egyptian police before the re-organisation of those forces during the British occupation.

THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
(Mr. GEORGE CURZON, Lancashire, Southport)

Before the re-organisation of the Egyptian Army there was unlimited flogging with the courbash without trial. Since 1883 there has been carefully limited flogging with the cat-o'-six-tails (not of nine) after trial.

Book Post Rate

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he is aware that the circulation of railway guides and diaries, usually very small and weighing less than 4 oz., and published monthly, is restricted by their liability to the book post rate, while registered newspapers several times heavier require only a ½d. stamp on each? whether he will treat such railway guides and diaries with special favour, as conveying useful information to the public, and admit them to the privileges of registered newspapers; and whether, in connection with this matter, he will reconsider the whole question of the postal rates on unregistered periodicals.

The disparity between the newspaper and the book rates of postage was brought out clearly by a Question of the hon. Member put on the 9th. The Postmaster General has no power to admit railway guides and diaries to the privilege of registered newspapers; and, in view of the fact that the privilege which newspapers now enjoy compels the Department to carry in many cases periodicals weighing several pounds for a half-penny, he is not prepared to extend this privilege to unregistered publications.

inquired if it was the intention of the Government to introduce legislation on the subject?

Army Supplies

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, if he is aware that Russian oats are supplied by the contractors to Her Majesty's cavalry stationed in Yorkshire; and, whether in future tenders any provision will be made to prevent a preference to Foreign imports and enable the Yorkshire growers of corn to compete on reasonable terms?

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE
(Mr. J. POWELL-WILLIAMS, Birmingham, S. )

I can only repeat former replies, that cognisance is not taken of the place of origin of oats supplied by contractors; and that the whole question of the supply of forage to the troops is under consideration.

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, if frozen Foreign meat is issued to the troops in Yorkshire; and, if so, whether it is possible for them to be supplied at or about a similar value with meat reared and fed by the farmers in that county?

Frozen meat is issuable to the troops in Yorkshire in the same proportions and under the same conditions as apply at other military stations. Yorkshire could not be treated differently from other districts; but, as already stated, the question of meat supply generally is under consideration.

Salisbury Cathedral

I beg to ask the hon. Member for West Salford, as representing the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, if he would state to the House, what is the present income of the capitular estates formerly belonging to the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury, and what was the income derived from them at the time of their surrender in 1860; whether, in view of the Order in Council, dated 11th October, 1861, the £10,000 paid to the Fabric Fund can be held to have been drawn out of the common fund of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, or was a consideration for such transfer and conveyance (of the capitular estate) for which due allowance had been made in fixing the annuities to be paid to the Dean and Chapter; and, whether, considering that the said Chapter has suffered severely from the agricultural depression, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners will reconsider their decision of refusing a grant for the preservation of so renowned a specimen of early English architecture?

said, the estimated net income derived by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners from the Salisbury Chapter estates, which now form part of the common fund, was for the year ending March 31st last £4,000. The net income in 1862 (the first year for which the Commissioners received the income) was less than £2,400, and the annuity paid by the Commissioners to the Chapter under the Commutation in 1861 was £4,200. The annual deficiency and the £10,000 granted to the Fabric Fund were advanced out of the common fund, as there was no other source from which they could have been obtained. The Commissioners are of opinion that they have on power to make the further grant which is desired, and they are not prepared to reconsider their decision. I may perhaps be allowed to add, as bearing upon the question, that the Commissioners have made to poor benefices having local claims on the Salisbury Capitular estates augmentation grants to the amount of £3,600 per annum in perpetuity.

Grand Juries (Ireland) Appoint Ment Of Officers

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland—(1) if he is aware that, at the recent Spring Assizes for County Longford, George Campbell, a Protestant, was appointed County Cess Collector for the Barony of Ardagh at a poundage rate of 1s., whilst Patrick Baxter offered to collect the same rate at a poundage of 9d., and Patrick Hughes at a poundage of 6d., the two latter being Roman Catholics; (2) is he also aware that at the Leitrim County Assizes the same thing occurred, when the application of James Browne to collect the County Cess for the Barony of Mohill at a sum less by £90 than the sum agreed to be paid to the collector appointed was rejected, and a Protestant appointed; and, (3) will he introduce a Measure to so amend the Grand Jury laws as to give Roman Catholics, who form a large majority of the cesspayers of Ireland, a fair portion of the offices attached to the collection and expenditure of their own moneys?

The facts appear to be as stated in the first paragraph. Only one member of the Grand Jury voted in favour of the acceptance of the lowest tender, and the appointment of Campbell, who has held the position for some years, was supported by two Roman Catholic members of that body. As to the second paragraph, the appointment of Browne was supported by only two members of the Grand Jury, both of whom were Protestants, whilst of the majority who supported the successful candidate, four were Roman Catholics. With regard to the last paragraph, I have no knowledge as to the religious denominations of officers appointed by Grand Juries throughout Ireland, but I may point out that no religious disabilities attach to such appointments by reason of any provision of the law, and I do not think it would be possible so to amend the law as to create such disabilities.

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if the Irish Government have any control over the Grand Juries in this matter?

Illegal Trawling

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate, with reference to the five trawlers overhauled by H. M. S. Redwing, off Lossie-mouth, on the 3rd of March, and also the other three trawlers seen on that date to the westward, whether, on investigation, he is prepared to take proceedings for breach of the law?

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Ten trawlers were observed working in the Moray Firth on the 2nd and 3rd instant by the Commander of H. M. S. Redwing, including I have no doubt those referred to in the Question. They have been reported to the legal authorities for prosecution.

Erasmus Smith Schools

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, if he has yet come to any decision affecting the Erasmus Smith Schools?

I have not come to any final decision in connection with this matter. I am still of opinion that, the Judicial Commissioners having failed to agree upon a scheme, it would be desirable that the case of the Erasmus Smith Schools should be submitted to a fresh tribunal. There are, however, difficulties in securing a satisfactory tribunal for the purpose, and, as the information in my possession is to the effect that any plan I might devise would meet with strenuous opposition in this House, I do not think it worth while to proceed further in the matter at present.

Will not the right hon. Gentleman submit the scheme, so that we may see the quarter from which the opposition comes? I am not myself aware of any opposition.

I am aware of opposition; and I would remind the hon. Gentleman that he himself has said that there would be no use introducing the Bill if it were opposed.

American Mails

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, if he is aware that the mails brought by the Cunard steamer Etruria were landed at Queens-town station at 10.10 on the night of 28th February; that the last regular train having left for Dublin, a passenger was informed that the mails would be held over till the first train on the 29th ult.; and that it was only in consequence of the said passenger consenting to pay first-class fare that he, and with him the mails, were then sent on by special train; and, whether anything can be done to prevent the repetition of such a proceeding?

The greater portion of the mails brought by the Etruria on the night of 28th February were not landed at Queenstown, but were taken on to Liverpool by sea. The arrangements for the employment of special trains apply only when the mails for the whole of the United Kingdom are landed, the mails for Ireland by themselves not being sufficient in quantity to warrant the cost of a special train for their conveyance to Dublin. Advantage is, however, taken of any train which the company may run for passenger purposes, and in the present instance, by the use of such a train, the delivery of the mails was effected as early as if a special train had been run at the public expense.

Charge Of Fraud

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been called to the arrest at Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, on 2nd March 1896, of a disabled miner, named Robert Anderson, who was endeavouring to dispose of some subscription sale tickets to enable him to set up in business; whether he is aware that Anderson was kept in the police cells at Cumnock for 36 hours, and was afterwards removed to Ayr Prison, and detained there from Wednesday 4th March till Saturday 7th March, and then liberated, no charge being formulated against him; and, what action he proposes to take in the matter, especially with a view to compensate Anderson for false imprisonment?

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I have inquired into this matter. It is not the case that no charge was formulated against Anderson. He was detained in ordinary course on reasonable suspicion of fraud, and he was charged with that offence as soon as the particulars were ascertained by inquiry. It was found he had been going through the country selling numbered tickets as for a subscription sale, the tickets specifying 12 prizes, which were to go to the winning numbers. The prizes did not exist, but he stated to the Sheriff he intended to purchase them with the money he collected, adding, however, that he had used that money for his own living and travelling. The case was rather a sad one in some respects, and the Public Prosecutor, acting, as I think, very leniently, did not press the charge. The action of the officials has my entire approval; and it will be obvious from what I have said that the reference to false imprisonment is misplaced.

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether it is the case that, although no charge was made against this man, he was detained for three days in prison?

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He was detained two days in the place where he was arrested in order that preliminary inquiries might be made as to what he was to be charged with. When taken to Ayr he was charged with fraud, and detained until, as the result of further inquiries, the police ordered his release.

Army Colonels

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether it is the case that, by the present regulations, Colonels in the Army who have been employed in that rank, but who are not on the selected list for promotion to the rank of Major General, are obliged to wait for a pension until they reach the age of 57 years, thus being compelled to remain in the Army while their juniors on the selected list are promoted over their heads; and, whether he will consider the possibility of making some alteration in the Royal Warrant, in order that Colonels, if not on the selected list, could, if they wish it, be granted a pension at an earlier age, so that they should not be compelled to remain while being superseded?

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The special retired pay of £500 a year for colonels is not attainable till the age of 57 years, but any colonel who has completed the qualifying service as lieutenant-colonel can retire on the ordinary pension of £420 a year.

Tax Collector (Leicester)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, if he is aware that the office of the Collector of the Income Tax and House Duty in South St. Mary's parish, Leicester, is a public-house, and that the demand note for those taxes requests taxpayers to pay their taxes at that office within certain specified hours; and, if that is an arrangement which the Inland Revenue Department sanctions and will allow to continue?

I understand that the facts are as stated. The arrangement is certainly not a desirable one, and steps will be taken to insure the collector's occupying a different office in future.

Sight Of Children In Elementary Schools

I beg to ask the Vice-President of the Committee of Council on Education, whether he has received a Report by Mr. Brudenell Carter on the sight of children in elementary schools in London; and, whether he will lay it upon the Table of the House?

This Report was made to a Committee of the Education. Department which has not yet reported.

Cyclists In The Mall

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I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works, whether, having regard to the fact that one of the four roadways along the Mall in St. James' Park has been asphalted for the use of foot passengers, there is any objection to allowing cyclists to use one of the remaining roadways not set apart for carriage traffic.

I can at present only promise to consider this matter at the end of the summer, with the other suggestions that have been made for altering the arrangements as to cycling in the Parks. As I explained yesterday, in answer to my hon. friend the Member for Stepney, I wish first to gain fuller experience of the working of the existing regulations.

Proprietary Lunatic Asylum

On behalf of the hon. member for East Wicklow, Mr. WILLIAM CORBET, I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he can say when the Bill which he recently stated the Lord Chancellor was about to bring in, dealing with proprietary lunatic asylums kept for profit will be printed, and whether it will extend to Ireland. The HON. MEMBER also asked the right hon. Gentleman, with reference to the death of Thomas Weir while under mechanical restraint in the Holloway Sanatorium, whether he was aware that mechanical restraint in the treatment of the insane was long since condemned by the highest authorities, and had been abolished in all the best-regulated asylums; whether mechanical restraint was at present used in any other asylums; and could he state the names of the asylums, if any, and the forms of restraint in use?

The SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT
(SIR MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY, Lancashire, Blackpool)

The terms of the Lunacy Bill are under consideration, but there is no prospect of its being ready before Easter. It will not apply to Ireland. As regards the hon. Member's second Question, I am not aware that mechanical restraint is always and in all circumstances objectionable, or that the highest authorities have condemned anything but the excessive, unnecessary, and improper employment of such restraint. I am unable to give the hon. Member the names of the asylums in which mechanical restraint is employed, but he will see, on referring to the last Report of the Lunacy Commissioners, that in 50 out of 155 institutions for the insane in this country mechanical restraint is never made use of, and that in most of the other institutions the amount of restraint used is very small, and the means generally employed are sleeved jackets or dresses and gloves. Since the death alluded to in the Question more stringent regulations in regard to the employment of mechanical restraint have been made by the Commissioners under the Act of 1890, These will be found printed as Appendix P to their last Report.

Land Law (Ireland) Bill

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that, where a fair rent has been fixed on a holding on which no dwelling-house exists, the landlord asserts the right of preventing the tenant from erecting one; and whether, if the landlord be legally entitled to take this step, the Chief Secretary will consider the advisability of inserting a provision in the Land Bill to remedy this defect in the law?

The erection of a dwelling-house under the circumstances stated in the question, without the landlord's assent, would be a breach of a statutory condition. As to the second paragraph, I cannot at present make any statement regarding the provisions of the Land Bill.

Her Majesty's Minister In Colombia

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign affairs whether he has any information as to the statement that the Colombian Government has notified the British Minister, Mr. Jenner, that he will not in future be recognised as the representative of Great Britain; and whether such notification, if it has been made, has been stated by the Colombian Government to be due to any defect in tone or temper on the part of Mr. Jenner in the conduct of diplomatic correspondence?

Mr. Jenner has telegraphed to us somewhat in the sense indicated in the first paragraph of the question. Her Majesty's Government have, however, as yet received no notification from the Colombian Government either of the fact or of the alleged causes of it mentioned in the second paragraph.

Income Tax Collectors

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, is he aware that many complaints are being made of the unusually stringent and peremptory demands being made by collectors of Income Tax; and is this being done with the knowledge and sanction of the Treasury?

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I have received no special complaint except with regard to the wording of the demand notes used this year in the collection of the Income Tax. These forms will, as I have already stated in this House, be withdrawn. I know of no unusual stringency in the collection of the tax this year, and I have not sanctioned anything of the kind.

Army Boy Defaulter Sheets

I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office, whether he will consider the advisability of destroying the defaulters' sheets of boys on joining the ranks or attaining the age of 18, in order that slight misdemeanours thus entered on the sheets may not prejudice the promotion of non-commissioned officers of good character in their future service?

The military authorities are strongly opposed to the course suggested in the Question, and the Secretary of State, as at present advised, is not prepared to make the change indicated by the hon. Member.

Naval Ordnance

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, (1) whether the five new battleships are to be armed with ten-inch breech-loading guns; and (2) whether a ten-inch shell will penetrate sixteen-inch Harveyed plates, such as were recently experimented on at Shoe-buryness, and with which the recently-launched Japanese battleship is protected?

The reply to the first paragraph is in the negative. As regards the second paragraph, the trials in question were conducted at the request of the Government of a friendly Power, and were of a private nature. It is not, therefore, considered desirable to give particulars respecting them.

Educational Results (Ireland)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether his attention has been drawn to a Resolution passed by the Belfast Teachers' Association, on the 2nd November last, to the effect that the pressure of the results system is increasing in severity year by year in the Belfast group of districts, and that the strain on both teachers and pupils is at the breaking point; was a copy of this Resolution sent to the head inspector, Mr. Stronge; and what action, if any, has been taken in the matter; is he aware that the Belfast Teachers' Association sent a letter to Mr. Stronge, on the 7th December last, stating that, if a Return were called for of the percentages of failures and No. 2 passes in the districts for the last five years, it would be found that they had increased every year, and in 1894 most of all; and did Mr. Stronge forward this letter to the Commissioners; and, if so, will he state with what result?

There has not been sufficient time to obtain a Report on this Question, which I must ask the hon. Member to defer until Monday next.

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, can he state the average rate of result fees per pupil earned in Cavan District No. 23 in the years 1885 and 1895, and the total results fees in same district and years; also the number of cases in which National School teachers in this district have appealed to the Education Commissioners against the examination of their pupils in 1885 and 1895; and, whether, in the cases of such appeals, results fees have been paid on the marking of the district inspector appealed against, or of the head inspector sent to examine the school; and, if on the former marking, why?

The average rate of results fees per pupil earned in the Cavan district in the year 1885 was 6s. 8¼d., and in 1895 6s. 7d. The total amount earned by way of results fees in 1885 was £2,543 14s. 6d., and in 1895 £2,408 7s. 6d. The Commissioners of National Education inform me that the information as to appeals, generally, could only be ascertained after careful investigation, which would occupy several days to carry out, but that if any cases of appeals be specifically brought to their notice a statement regarding them will be made out without delay.

Trade Disputes

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade, whether, in view of the fact that the House has now had time to make itself acquainted with the proposals of the Government with regard to the settlement of trade disputes and in view of the importance of the subject, he will fix an early date for the Second Reading of the Conciliation Bill and give facilities for its discussion?

It is not possible to name a day when the Second Reading can be taken until further progress is made with the business before the House.

Army Estimates

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether Her Majesty's Government will undertake to submit the Votes of the Army Estimates to the House in such order as will insure the consideration, at an early period, of Vote 14, which includes the proposed extra allowance of £1,800 to H. R. H. the Duke of Cambridge, and as will prevent this from being one of the Votes likely to be left for summary disposal without Debate, on the nineteenth and twentieth of the days allotted to Supply?

We will make it a point to bring on the Vote at a time that will be convenient to the House.

Poor Law Unions (Ireland)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, if he will obtain for masters of Poor Law Unions in Ireland the privilege, already accorded to other Departments of Her Majesty's Service, of sending free telegrams on strictly Poor Law business, the main object of the required privilege being the better enforcement of the Vagrancy Acts?

I can only answer the hon. Member's Question in the negative. As I stated, in reply to a similar Question on the 18th ultimo, the only persons entitled to send telegrams on Government service without payment are officers of the Crown whose salaries are wholly provided for out of the Imperial Funds. Masters of the workhouses are, of course, the officers of the Local Authority and not officers of the Crown.

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if, in reference to the vacancy at present existing in the auditorship of Poor Law Unions in Ireland, he will give directions to have the vacancy filled by limited competition (which at present prevails in the case of the Irish Constabulary) amongst Union officers in active service for 10 years and upwards and not exceeding 45 years of age?

I am not aware that a vacancy at present exists in the office of Auditor, but I am of opinion that this is not a post which it would be desirable to fill as proposed in the Question.

Venezuela

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, (1) will he explain how it is that on pages 14 and 15 of the preliminary statement of the Blue-book, containing the British case in the Venezuelan boundary dispute, quotations marked by inverted commas are given from documents embodied in Appendix I. of the Blue-book, and (2) that these supposed quotations do not correspond with the words of the documents referred to; and (3) further that in more than one case the sense of the original passages has been widely departed from.

My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this Question. The five quotations which are referred to in the hon. Member's Question are in all material parts correct. The first is a free but substantially accurate, rendering of a passage, not in Centurion's covering Dispatch, which is the document printed in the Appendix, but in the accompanying "judicial report" certified and signed by him. The copy of this document is not set out in the Appendix, but it is directly confirmed by a passage in Centurion's report at page 115 of the Appendix, line 45. There are a great many other Spanish documents supporting the British case which have not at present been printed. The second extract is to be found in a Spanish document set out on page 116 of the Blue-book, beginning the "murder of the guard," and ending "by the enclosed map." The difference in language is due to a difference of translation. The third paragraph is also to be found at page 116 of the Blue-book, the difference again being due to a different translation. The fourth and fifth quotations are taken verbatim from Spanish documents, but these have not at present been printed in the Appendix, as page 15 of the statement will show. All the quotations and facts contained in the statement are to be found in original documents, only portions of which have at present been published; but it is proposed shortly to issue a second collection. The slight verbal discrepancies in certain of the quotations are owing to the fact that revised translations were procured of some of the papers, and that these were not completed in time to make the corresponding corrections in the statement; but the sense of the passage will be found to be the same. The only exception is that of a quotation on page 5, where a note giving the general purport of a document has by inadvertence been included in a textual quotation.

I wish to ask the Attorney-General whether these mistranslations were made by the Foreign Office?

:They are not mistranslations. I do not know where they were made.

Lee-Metford Ammunition

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether, in the case of those yeomanry regiments to which the Lee-Metford carbine has been issued, he can make arrangements for the Lee-Metford ammunition to be issued at reduced prices?

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The price at which ammunition will be issued to Yeomanry and Volunteers is under consideration, but the figure will be kept as low as possible.

Arms For Abyssinia

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether the Treaty of 3rd June 1884, between Great Britain, Egypt, and Abyssinia, whereof Article I. established free transit through Massowah to and from Abyssinia for all goods, including arms and ammunition, under British protection, is still in force, or whether it has been abrogated; and, if abrogated, how, and by what instrument, and whether with or without the consent of Abyssinia?

The Treaty of June 3, 1884, has not been abrogated. Some of its provisions have become inoperative in consequence of the conclusion of the Treaty of Uccialli of May 2, 1889, which was communicated to Her Majesty's Government, and to which no objection was taken. The stipulation with regard to arms and ammunition must also be considered to be affected by Articles VIII. to XIII. of the General Act of the Brussels Conference of July 2, 1890.

Do I understand this Treaty is affected by the Treaty between Italy and Abyssinia?

That is the fact. The explanation I must leave to my hon. Friend after he has studied the documents.

Opening Museums And Art Galleries On Sundays

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, what action the Government intend to take in. consequence of the result of the Division last Tuesday night on the opening of museums and art galleries on Sundays?

In answer to my hon. Friend I have to say that the two museums which are under the direct control of the Government are the Bethnal Green and South Kensington Museums. We are making communications with the trustees of the British Museum and the National Gallery, and when we have further time to consult with those bodies I shall make a general statement to the House on the subject. [Cheers.]

Is not the Natural History Museum also under the control of the Government?

I think that museum is part of the South Kensington Museum.

Dongola

I wish to ask the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs a Question, of which I have given him private notice, whether the report of the proposed occupation of Dongola by Egyptian troops is correct?

I think my statement on this matter, which I will make later on this afternoon, will answer that Question.

Italy And Abyssinia

I wish to ask the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs a Question, of which I have given private notice, whether he has any information of the rumoured further defeat of the Italians; and, also, whether he has any news of the garrison of Kassala?

No, Sir; I have received no information of a further defeat of the Italians. As regards Kassala, the last information we had was that telegraphic communication was still open with it, from which we may conclude that, at present at all events, no unfortunate event has occurred there.

Army Estimates, 1895–6

Copy presented, of Statements showing the Army Estimates of 1895–6 recalculated so as to show approximately the cost of the Military Forces as divided under Colonial Garrisons, Field Army, Depots, &c. [by Command]; to lie upon the Table, and to be printed.—[No. 107.]

Universities Of Oxford And Cam Bridge Act, 1877 (Oxford)

Copy presented, of Statute, made by the Governing Body of Morton College, Oxford, on the 31st October, 1895, amending Statute III. of the Statutes of that College [by Act]; to lie upon the Table, and to be printed.—[No. 108.]

Traction Engines On Roads

Ordered, That Captain Bagot, Mr. Bill, Mr. Griffith-Boscawen, Mr. Tully, Mr. Vaughan-Davies, Mr. Seale-Hayne, Mr. Hermon-Hodge, Mr. Hobhouse, Sir William Houldsworth, Colonel Kenyon-Slaney, Sir John Kinloch, Mr. Luttrell, and Colonel Warde be Members of the Select Committee on Traction Engines on Roads.

Ordered, That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers, and records.

Ordered, That Three be the quorum.— (Mr. Griffith-Boscawen.)

Sittings Of The House (Exemption From The Standing Order)

Ordered, That the Proceedings on Report of Supply, if under discussion at Twelve o'clock this night, be not interrupted under the Standing Order, Sittings of the House.— (First Lord of the Treasury.)

London Valuation And Assess-Ment

Bill to consolidate and amend the enactments relating to the Valuation and Assessment of Rateable Property in London; and for other purposes, ordered to be brought in by Mr. Cohen and Mr. James Stuart; presented, and read 1a ; to be read 2a upon Monday 13th April.—[Bill 141.]

Burgh Police (Scotland) Act (1892) Amendment

Bill to amend the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act, 1892, ordered to be brought in by Mr. Shaw-Stewart, Colonel Denny, Mr. Dalziel, Mr. Orr-Ewing, and Mr. John Wilson (Govan); presented, and read la ; to be read 2a on Tuesday next.—[No. 142.]