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seamen on outward-bound voyages Mr. Hume expressed a hope that two or three months' wages in ad- the right honourable gentleman vance, with the understanding that opposite would not burry it they were engaged to the ship out through the house, on account and home. In cases of desertion at of its vast importance to a very foreign ports (which were not un- numerous class of the commufrequent in consequence of the temp- nity. tation often held out of getting Mr. Huskisson assured the hon. higher wages on board other ves- member for Aberdeen that he had sels), the seaman forfeited whatever no intention of hurrying the bill wages were due to him; but this was through the house. very trilling, and in many cases no- Mr. Ricardo wished to know thing at all, as the wages advanced whether the sailors were friendly were not covered by the voyage to the measure. lle had no doubt out. Nov to remedy the evil as that their employers were, because far as possible, he proposed to give they were enabled to lower the the owners of the ship from which rate of wages by increasing the the man deserted, a power over the number of apprentices. He thought wages accruing to him from his ser- that the navy would not receive vices in any other by which he that benefit from it which seenied might return. This, when known, to be anticipated : his reason for would, he thought, be found no in- thinking so was, that our sailors effectual means of preventing de- would seek employment in the sertions in foreign ports, from which merchant service of other countries so much inconvenience often arose if the rate of wages was unduly to the merchant service. The right lowered in their own. Should that hon. gentleman stated, that if the be the case, where would hon. committee would give him. leave, gentlemen find that nursery for he would have the bill printed for the navy of which they now came the consideration of members; and forward to talk so largely ? - The concluded by moving, that leave be motion was agreed to. given to bring in a bill to regulate The house then resumed. the number of apprentices to be Mr. Courtenay then brought up taken on board British merchant the report of the committee, which vessels.
was agreed to, and leave was then Mr. Bernal felt great pleasure given tu bring in the bill. in seeing this subject taken up by Mr. H. Twiss moved for leave the right honourable gentleman to bring in a bill for regulating opposite.
ibe appointment of assessors at After a few words from Mr. elections. Leave was granted to Ricardo,
bring in the bill. Mr. T. Wilson declared it to be Mr. Alderman Wood brought in his opinion that the protection a bill for rebuilding London bridge. which this bill would give to ap- — Read a first time. prentices till they reached the age The other orders of the day were of twenty-one, would create for then disposed of, and the house the country a nursery of active and adjourned. able seamen at tbe least possible House of Lords, March 14.expense.
A person from the East IndiaMr. Plummer said a few words.
house presented an account of salaries, pensions, &c. granted by the the trial of criminal offences, the East India Company.
periods when the sessions were Mr. Brogden, accompanied by held, and the number of prisoners several other gentlemen of the tried from January 1821 to JanuHouse of Commons, brought up ary 1822.-Ordered. the assessed taxes' reduction and Mr. Bastard presented a petithe Irish arms bills, the Severn tion from the publicans of Little bridge, and several other private Holme, praying for the removal of bills, which were read the first the restriction on spirit licences.time.
Laid on the table. The Irish assessed taxes' repeal Mr. Evans gave notice, at the bill was read the third time, and request of the honourable member passed.
for Bramber (Mr. Wilberforce), Petitions were presented against that that honourable member would the marriage and insolvent debtors' on Monday next present a petition acts.
from a body of the people called The Earl of Limerick said that Quakers, calling for a gradual abothe mischiefs occasioned by the lition of the slave-trade throughout insolvent debtors' act in the part the British colonies. of the country with which he Sir John Newport moved the se was more particularly acquainted, cond reading of the Irish grand were incalculable. — Petition or- jury presentment bill. dered to lie on the table.- Ad- The bill was then read a second journed.
time. On the question
" that it House of Commons, March 14.- be committed on Monday,” A person from the East India Mr. C. Hutchinson urged the house presented resolutions of the right honourable baronet to postcourt of directors for granting pen- pone the measure till it could be sions.-Laid on the table.
more thoroughly considered. Petitions were presented for a Sir J. Newport said it would bill for the recovery of small be better to let the bill go through debts, against the insolvent debtors' the committee, after which it act, the duty on coals, the duty might be postponed for re-consion apprentice indentures, and the deration. turnpike act.
After a few words froin Mr. Mr. H. Twiss brought in a bill Dawson, the bill was ordered to for regulating the appointment of be committed on Monday. assessors at elections.-Read the Mr. Peel moved that the house first time, and ordered to be read resolve itself into a committee on the second time on Monday, and the King's property bill. to be printed.
After a few words from Mr. Sir J. Macintosh said he rose to Bennet, Mr. Peel, Mr. Warre, give notice, that he would, as soon Mr. Scarlett, and the Attorneyas possible after the holidays, General, the bill went through the bring under the consideration of the committee. house the state of the criminal law, After a few words from Mr.
Mr. Wurre moved for a return Scarlett, the house resumed, and of all places in England having a the report was ordered to be reseparate and local jurisdiction for ceived on Monday.
On the motion of Mr. Plunket, The house resolved itself into a a select committee was appointed committee of supply. to consider of the local taxation Sir J. Osborne moved the seof Dublin.
veral items and extras for the Sir R. Wilson presented a pe- navy.
There was a diminution, tition from St. Jobn's, Southwark, he stated, from last year, of against the fees in the court of 216,8641. 16s. 3d.:
the sum requests.-Ordered to lie on the for the present year would be table.
5,442,5401. 68. 8d. The several Lord Palmerston moved the or- items were afterwards detailed, and der of the day for a committee on severally carried. The bouse rethe mutiny bill.
sumed, Report ordered to be Colonel Daries spoke at length brought up on Monday. upon the hardship of discharging The third reading of the national officers at the will of the crown, debt reduction bill was, and without a court-martial, and motion of Lord Hamilton, postponed moved as an amendment— “ That till Monday. it be an instruction to the com- The house then resolved into a mittee on the mutiny bill, to insert committee of ways and means. a clause to prevent the dismission The Chancellor of the Exchequer of officers from the army without moved a resolution for applying trial by courts-martial, and to the surplus of grants from the conprevent the punishment of any solidated fund of Ireland, and of officer, non-commissioned officer, that to the poor clergy of Scotland, and soldier, who shall have been accruing since 1817, to the purpreviously tried and sentenced by poses of the last vote in the coma court-martial, from being carried mittee of supply.—The resolution beyond the extent and import of was carried. such sentence.”
469,0471., the surplus of grants The amendment was opposed by in the intermediate years between Lord Palmerston, Mr. E.W.Wynne, 1817 and 1822.- Resolution carLord Hotham, and Sir F. Blake; ried. and supported by Mr. C. H. Hut- 4,800,0001, to be paid into the chinson and Mr. Hume.
exchequer from the commissioners The question was now put, and of half-pay and pensions. — The the amendment was negatived resolution was carried. without a di on.
The next resolution was for apThe original question, “ that plying any repayments of exchethe Speaker do leave the chair," quer bills advanced in aid of public was then put and carried.
works, which should be made before The house having gone into the 5th of April, 1824.-Carried. the committee,
A resolution for applying unMr. Brogden (the chairman) put claimed dividends and lottery the question, that the bill be read prizes.-Carried. a first time.
A resolution for applying the The bill afterwards passed sum of 8,700,0001. growing prothrough the committee ; and the duce of the consolidated fund report was ordered to be received beyond the annual charges of the on Monday.
The house resumed; the report counties read a second time, and to be received on Monday.
committed. The Irish yeomanry bill was The King's property bill was read read a third time, and passed. a third time, and passed. The marine mutiny bill went
The Chuncellor of the Erchequer through a committre; the report moved the third reading of the was brought up, and ordered to be national debt reduction bill. re-committed on Monday.
It was opposed by Mr. Hume Sir T. Acland brought up the and others. report on the lime exemption from Mr. G. Bennet moved toll bill. Second reading on amendment, that the bill be read Wednesday next.
that day six months, which was Mr. Huskisson presented a pe- negatived by 109 against 59. tition from Belfast, praying for Mr. Buring proposed as the repeal of the Union duties, amendment, that the sinking fund which was laid on the table.
be limited to three millions of real Mr. Goulburn brought up the surplus, which was negatived by estimates for the Irish incorporated 100 against 72. school societies. — Ordered to be The bill was then passed. printed.
The Chancellor of the Eachequer Mr. S. Rice moved for various moved, that the order of the day returns of indictments and pro- be then read for the house resecutious, acquittals, convictions, solving itself into a committee, to and punishments in Ireland, during consider farther of the supply to the last seven years.-Ordered.-- be granted to his Majesty. The Adjourned.
order was read accordingly. House of Lords, Murch 17.-- On the question, that the Speaker The Earl of Shaftesbury presented do now leave the chair, a petition from Waterford against Mr. Creevey said, that underthe insolvent debtors' act.
standing that when the Speaker left Lord Ellenborough presented a the chair, it was the intention of an similar petition from John Smith, honourable gentleman opposite to of Rugby, in Warwickshire. bring forward the ordnance esti
The bills on the table were for- mates, he should take the opporwarded one stage, and the house tunity of calling the attention of adjourned.
the house to a point very intiHouse of Commons, March 17.- mately connected with them. GenPetitions were presented against tlemen would have observed, that the insolvent debtors' act-for the in those estimates there was consolidation of the London sewers item of 24,4121. for the erection acts — against the coal duty- and repair of fortifications and against any alteration in the sugar other public works in Barbadoes. duty, from Ireland.
As it had repeatedly fallen to his The London bridge bill was read lot to call the attention of the a second time, and committed. house to this subject, he should
Dr. Phillimore postponed his contine bimself on the present ocmotion for a committee on the casion to a repetition of the main marriage act amendment bill. facts and arguments which he Bill for the better division of had formerly advanced. Having
gone over those several facts, he the colonial act of Barbadves, and moved as an amendment the fol- that this house was informed by a lowing resolutions:
message from her majesty that she “ Resolved, That it appears to would give such directions acthis house, from the estimate laid cordingly.' before it for the service of the “ That, notwithstanding such ordnance for the present year, there specific application of this fund by is a sum of 24,4121. for erecting the colonial act of Barbadoes to and repairing fortifications in the the building and repairing of forisland of Barbadoes.
tifications in that island, and not“ That by an act of the colonial withstanding the recognition of assembly of Barbadoes, which was that law by this house, and by her passed in the year 1663, it was majesty Queen Anne, this fund is enacted, that, for the purpose of now for the most part consumed
maintaining the reparation of the by pensioners in this country, inforts, the building of a sessions cluding even members of this house, and a prison, and all other house or their fainilies, whilst the public charges incumbent on the fortifications and other public works government there, an iinpost or of Barbadves are left to be maincustom upon all dead commodities tained by money raised from taxes of the growth of the island, and on the people ; and that, under all to be shipped off the same, should the circumstances above stated, be paid to bis majesty, bis heirs and adverting likewise to the preand successors, for ever, after the sent afflicting condition of a great following rate or manner, that is portion of these kingdoms, this to say, 41 in specie for every 5 house considers it to be alike due score.'
to its own character and to the “ That it further appears from feelings of the people, bumbly to the journals of this house, that, in request his majesty to give directhe first year of her majesty tions that the said duty of 44 per Queen Anne, a petition was pre- centum in the island of Barbadoes sented to it from the planters and may be again restored to the orimerchants concerned in the island ginal purposes for which it was of Barbadoes, setting forth the created.” colonial act of Barbadoes before Which was negatived by 86 referred to, and praying that the against 56. said duty of 4) per centum might On re-entering the gallery, we be applied to the reparation and found the house in committee of building of fortifications, and de- supply, and fraying all charges incident to the Mr. R. Ward bringing forward government there, as the same was the ordnance estimates. The hon. originally intended, instead of being gentleman, after briefly stating diverted to other purposes, as the that, upon every vote demanded, same then was ;' and that, in con- except one, there would appear a sequence of such petition, the diminutiou from the grant of last house did address her majesty year, detailed the sums he asked Queen Ande, praying that the for, in the following order:--Ordiduty might be restored to the pur- nary, 460,3741.; extraordinaries, poses for which it was created by 269,464l.; unprovided, 10,6611. ;