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ance of Custom House Oficers at hours informed by the Commissionor of Police which were called "overtime,” in con- that, in accordance with the usual pracnection with the loading and discharge tice, a sergeant of police, in order to of cargoes of vessels, a of supplement his official Report, called on £23,288 13s. 5d. has been so levied at two gentlemen who were present at the four Ports in 1887-namely, London, meeting and asked who the speakers Liverpool, Hull, and Glasgow; if he were. It is usual to ask for such inforhas observed that in this way salaries mation, and it is readily given. Thero of Custom House Officers have been was no ulterior motive whatever in the increased in such instances as the fol- call made on those gentlemen. No new lowing:— namely, £415 made into instructions have been issued to the £611 48.; £380 made into £581 28. 10d.; police with regard to their duties at £320 made into £518 78. 6d.; £300 public meetings. made into £436 08. 8d.; £250 made MR. J. ROWLANDS: Do I underinto £355 68. 4d.; £192 108. made stand that it has always been the custom into £297 38. 5d.; £185 made into with the police in the Metropolis to ask £294 128. 9d. ; and, if, in the face of for the names of speakers at public meetthese facts, he will say what he is doing ings? to alter the system by which such exce3- MR. MATTHEWS: It would be the sive pressure of charges comes upon the duty of the police to report what hapshipping and mercantile interests of the pens at a meeting; and if an Inspector country

or a Superintendent did not know the SIR HERBERT MAXWELL (A exact names it is usual to inquire of Lord of the TREASURY) (Wigton) (who those who do know. replied) said : The important and dilli- MR. CREMER (Shoreditch, Haggercult subject referred to in this Question ston): May I ask how long that prac. bas engaged the personal attention of tice has been in force, and when the my hon. Friend the Secretary to the order was issued ? Treasury before dow, and has received MR. MATTHEWS: I cannot give much consideration from the Board of the hon. Gentleman any precise date. Customs. Without giving any definite So far as I know, it has been a conpledge, I can assure my hon. Friend tinuous practice. Certainly I found it that we will use our best endeavours to in existence, and I have made no alteraarrive at some solution which will in- ' tion. crease the facilities to trade without MR. J. ROWLANDS: I wish the injury to the public interests involved. right hon. Gentleman could give the

information asked. I have been conPUBLIC MEETINGS (METROPOLIS) nected with many open-air meetings in

THE RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH. the Metropolis-[“Order, order!”]MR. J. ROWLANDS (Finsbury, E.) and have been responsible for many (for Mr. PICKERSGILL) (Bethnal Green, [“ Order, order!”]- and I have never 8. W.) asked the Secretary of State for yet been asked—["Order, order!”]the Home Department, By whose direc- I have never yet been asked—I repeat I tion and with what object the police, on have never yet been asked by the police Sunday last, visited the premises at Bow to give any such information. quiries for him, and also for the names | the hon. Gentleman wishes to ask a of those who took part in a meeting over Question arising out of the Answer of which he presided, held on the previous the Secretary of State it is competent for evening at Hackney Wick to protest him to do so. against the action of the Government MR. WOOTTON ISAACSON (Tower in Ireland; and, whether new instruc- Hamlets, Stepney): Will the right hon. tions have recently been issued to the Gentleman kindly tell the House whe. Metropolitan Police with regard to ther he will bring in a Bill, or exercise their attitude towards public meet- some authority: to prevent the making ing3; and, if so, what are those in of the Sabbat” hideous in the East End structions ?

of London through these open-air meetTHE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. ings? MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.): I am [No reply.] VOL. CCCXXI. [THIRD SERIES.

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UNITED STATES-SEIZURE OF ENG- PROROGATION OF THE PARLIAMENT. LISH VESSELS IN ALASKAN WATERS. Message to attend The LORDS CoxMR. SHIRLEY (Yorkshire, W. R.,

MISSIONERS; Doncaster) (for Mr. GOURLEY) (Sunder- The House went;—and a Royal Com. land) asked the Under Secretary of mission to that purpose having been State for Foreign Affairs, Whether read, the Royal Assent was given to the seven vessels seized by American several Bills. cruisers in Alaskan waters, and ordered And afterwards Her Majesty's Most to be released, had been liberated; and, Gracious Speech was delivered to both whether Her Majesty's Government had Houses of Parliament by the Lord High published notices to British subjects in Chancellor (pursuant to Her Majesty's Canada warning them against infring- Command). ing the United States Fishery Regulations ?

Then a Commission for proroguing THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREA. the Parliament was read. SURY (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, After which, Testminster) (who replied) said : The

THE LORD CHANCELLOR said Dominion Government have not roported whether the order for the re

My Lords, and Gentlemen, lease of the vessels against which legal By virtue of Her Majesty's Commis. proceedings had been instituted was sion, under the Great Seal, to us and carried out. In reply to the second part of the Question of the hon. Mem. other Lords directed, and now read, we ber for Sunderland, I may state that do, in Her Majesty's Name and in obu. Her Majesty's Government do not pub-dience to Her Commands, prorogue this lish notices relating to public affairs Parliament to Wednesday tho Thirtieth in Canada; and there is no doubt that day of November next, to be then here the persons in the Dominion interested are fully acquainted with the United holden; and this Parliament is accordStates Fishery Laws and Regula- ingly prorogued to Wednesday the tions.

Thirtieth day of November next.

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PROTEST

AGAINST NEGATIVING THE MOTION FOR THE SECOND READING

OF THE

WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE (NO. 2)

BILL.

HOUSE OF LORDS, TUESDAY, 1311 SEPTEMBER, 1887.

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" DISSENTIENTE

“1. Because No. 1 Bill had been ordered to be read a second time on 18th "of September

"2. Because that day, being two days before the day for which Mr. " Woodall’s Bill was appointed in the House of Commons, it is clear that the " Amendment of the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

was only a postponement of the Bill until after its consideration in the House “of Commons.

"3. Because that Bill, not being presentable before 20th of July, the cyprès "doctrine was applicable, and it was only impossible to proceed with the first Bill "before and not after 18th July, 1887.

“4. Because the postponement' of the Reform Bill on 12th March, 1852, was proved not to be a rejection, as a further postponement was moved by "Lord John Russell on 4th June, 1852 ; and if Parliament had been sitting at the end of three lunar months, it would, according to Order, have been again "before the House of Commons.

" 5. Because No. 2 Bill, being framed after the admission, on July 19th, of women to the municipal franchise in Ireland, the Preamble of No. 1 Bill would "not have granted to them the Electoral Franchise, and the Preamble to No. 2 "Bill alone would have effected that object.

6. Because on both Bills the time for registration this year would have ex"pired before the passing of either of them.

7. Because the authority of the Summary of Dobates by The Times, which Tas relied on, is not equal to Hansard, not yet published.

"8. Because the Order of the Day for a Second Reading, being discharged, "applies only to the day on which the Bill appears on the Minutes for that day.

“ 9. Because if the Notice of the first Bill, beiug appointed for Second Read"ing, as desired, on 12th August, had appeared in the Notices for 16th August, "on 15th August, 1887, the opinion of the House of Lords would have been asked "as to its remaining on the Notice Paper, and three weeks' suspense and doubt " would not have ensued.

“ 10. Because No. 2 Bill was only made necessary by the sudden announce"ment that the Order for Second Reading of No. 1 Bill was a lapsed Order.

11. Because the age of the Mover of the second Bill made it advisable for "bim to withdraw bis Notice to renew the No. 1 Bill in the next Session, the said "Bill being still on the Minutes as on Progress.'

6. DENMAN." VOL. CCCXXI. (THIRD SERIES. ] [ To precede Public General Acts.!

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1 AN

N Act to apply certain sums out of the | 11. An Act for giving facilities for the conver

Consolidated Fund to the service of the sion of India Four per Cent. Stock into India years ending on the thirty-first day of March Three and a half per Cent. Stock, and for one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven other purposes relating thereto. (Conversion and one thousand eight hundred and eighty- of India Stock.) eight. (Consolidated Fund (No. 1).)

12. An Act to amend the Bishopric of Truro 2. An Act to provide, during twelve months, Act, 1876, and the Truro Chapter Act, 1878. for the Discipline and Regulation of the (Truro Bishopric and Chapter Acts Amend. Army. (Army (Annual).)

ment.) 3. An Act to amend the Acts relating to County 13. An Act to extend, in certain cases, the Courts so far as regards the payment of cer

provisions of the Superannuation Act, 1859, tain expenses connected with County Courts. and to extend and otherwise amend the pro. (County Courts (Expenses).)

visions of the Colonial Governors (Pensions)

Acts, 1865 and 1872. (Pensions (Colonial 4. An Act to amend the provisions of the Merchant Shipping (Fishing Boats) Acts. (Mer- 14. An Act to apply the sum of thirteen mil

Service).) chant Shipping (Fishing Boats).)

lion six hundred and seventy-five thousand 5. An Act to amend the law respecting the

six hundred and fifty-nine pounds out of the Customs Duties of the Isle of Man (Isle of

Consolidated Fund to the service of the year Man (Customs).)

ending on the thirty-first day of March one 6, An Act to amend the Supreme Court of thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight. Judicature Act (Ireland), 1877. (Supreme (Consolidated Fund (No 2).) Court of Judicature (Ireland).)

16. An Act to grant certain Duties of Cus. 7. An Act to amend the Customs Consolidation toms and Inland Revenue, to alter other

Act, 1876. (Customs Consolidation Act, 1876, duties, and to amend the laws relating to InAmendment.)

land Revenue. (Customs and Inland Revenue.) 8. An Act to amend the Incumbents of Bene- 16. An Act to amend the law respecting the

fices Loans Extension Act, 1886. (Incumbents National Debt and the charge thereof on the of Benefices Loans Extension Act, 1886, Consolidated Fund, and to make further proAmendment.)

vision respecting Local Loans. (National 9. An Act to remove the Disabilities of the Debt and Local Loms.)

Police to vote at Parliamentary Elections. 17. An Act to amend the Metropolis Manage(Police Disabilities Removal.)

ment Acts. (Metropolis Management (Batter10, An Act to enable His Royal Highness sea and Westminster).),

the Duke of Connaught to return to Eng. 18. An Act to amend the Trusts (Scotland) land for a limited time for the purpose of Act, 1867. (Trusts (Scotland) Act, 1867, being present at the celebration of Her Amendment.) Majesty's Jubilee without thereby resigning 19. An Act to provide for the Fencing of his command in Bombay.

Quarries. (Quarry (Fencing).) VOL. CCCXXI. (THIRD SERIES. ]

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