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Returns, Reports, Etc

Volume 91: debated on Friday 15 March 1901

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Parliamentary Constituencies (Electors, Etc) (United Kingdom)

Return presented, relative thereto (in continuation of Parliamentary Paper, No. 116. of Session 1900) [Address 15th February: Sir Charles Dilke]; to lie upon the Table, and to be printed. [No. 85.]

Municipal Corporations (Incorporation Of Wallsend)

Copy presented, of Charter of Incorporation of the borough of Wallsend, dated 12th March. 1001 [by Act]; to lie upon the Table.

Civil Services And Revenue Departments (Supplementary Estimates, 1900–1901)

Copy presented, of a revised Estimate of the further sum required to be voted for the service of the year ending 31st March, 1901 [by Command]; referred to the Committee of Supply, and to be printed. [No. 84.]

Paper Laid Upon The Table By The Clerk Of The House

Inquiry into Charities (County of Lancaster).—Further Return relative thereto [ordered 8th August, 1898: Mr. Grant Lawson]; to be printed. [No. 86.]

East India (Petitions Of Officers Of Public Works Department)

Address for "Return showing the number of Petitions which have been received during the past fifteen years, either by the Government of India or by the Secretary of State for India, from the officers of the Public Works Department who entered the Royal Indian Engineering College, Coopers Hill, during the first five years of its existence, the said Petitions containing, it is believed, representations to the effect that the terms under which they had been engaged had not been adhered to, and that their careers and prospects were thereby ruined or very seriously affected; also of the number and nature and date of the replies to these officers." —( Mr. Kimber.)

South Africa (Naval Brigade)

Address for "Copies of Despatches in regard to the Naval Brigade in South Africa which were published in the London Gazette of the 12th instant."—( Sir James Fergusson.)

Civil List

Leave given to the Select Committee to make a Special Report.

Special Report brought up and read as followeth:—

"The attention of your Committee has been called to the publication in The Times newspaper of 14th March of a statement purporting to represent proposals contained in the papers marked

Confidential referred to your Committee, and to a Report of their proceedings on 13th March.

"They are unable to ascertain in what manner this can have been divulged.

"They recommend that Mr. Speaker, to whom the authority of the House in such matters is delegated, do take such steps, either by the exclusion of the representative of The Times from the inner lobbies of the House, or otherwise, as may seem to him best calculated to prevent such publication in future."

Special Report to lie upon the Table, and to he printed. [No. 87.]

The House will not expect me to say more at present than that I shall at the earliest moment take into consideration the recommendations of the Committee, with a view to doing what I think best for attaining the object they have in view.