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DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid): I the Board of Sanitary Commissioners would ask the hon. Gentleman if of the City and County of Gibraltar, he is aware that that promise was and from what sources and in what promade two years ago, and I would ask portions is the income derived ; and him how it comes to pass that it has what is the rateable value of property, not been carried into effect, but has and what is the proportionate represenremained in abeyance for upwards of tation of the ratepayers on the Board two years ?

as constituted under the Sanitary *MR. BRODRICK : I was not aware Order Amendment Order (Gibraltar), that such a promise had been made; 1891, and how

how are the members but samples have been obtained, and elected ? the hon. Gentleman may rest assured

BARON H. DE WORMS: The expenthat the promise will be carried out.

diture of the Sanitary Commissioners THE ALLOTMENTS ACT, 1887.

in 1890 was £28,031. Their income is MR. COBB: I beg to ask the derived from rates levied, sale of water, President of the Local Government fees for use of baths; and the receipts Board whether a loan contracted by a from rates in 1890 were $10,649, and Rural Sanitary Authority for the the receipts from the sale of water purchase, under "The Allotments average over £10,000 a year. Private Act, 1887,” of land for allotments for ratepayers contribute rather less than any particular parish, is ultimately two-fifths of the receipts from water, and repayable, first as to principal, and two-thirds of the receipts from rates. secondly as to interest, out of the rates The total rateable value is about of the whole rural sanitary area, or out £144,000. The private ratepayers are of the rates of the parish only for represented on a Board of nine-by four which the allotments have been pro- members nominated by the Governor, vided, in the event of there being a one from the list of the Grand Jury, deficiency after applying all receipts in one from the list of special jurors, and respect of the allotments which are two from the list of the common jurors. properly applicable towards the repayment of such loan and interest; and

THE "SUBMARINE SENTRY." whether the security for the repay

MR. KIMBER (Wandsworth): I beg ment of such loan to the lender is upon the rates of the whole rural sanitary to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty area ?

whether his attention has been drawn THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL to the “Submarine Sentry,” recently GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. described in the principal papers and RITCHIE, Tower Hamlets, St. George's); reported upon by special representaThe principal of a loan contracted tives of some of them, as a means of by a Rural Sanitary Authority for giving warning to ships of the proximity the purchase under the Allotments of shallow waters, and so of saving life Act, *1887, of land for allotments and property at sea ; and, if so, whether for any particular parish and the his examination has enabled him to deinterest in respect of the loan during cide whether it might afford a means its continuance are payable out of of averting the calamity and loss occathe rates of the parish for which the sioned by the occasional stranding of allotments have been provided. The Her Majesty's ships, or to what other security for the repayment would be result has his inquiry led ? the rates of the parish, and not the rates of the whole rural sanitary dis LORD G. HAMILTON: The “ Subtrict.

marine Sentry " has been experimented

upon in some of Her Majesty's surTHE SANITARY COMMISSIONERS OF

veying ships, and seems to promise GIBRALTAR.

to be useful in searching for dangers ; MR. CAUSTON (Southwark, W.): I but it is not considered, in its present beg to ask the Under Secretary of form, a necessary or desirable adjunct State for the Colonies whether he will to Her Majesty's ships for the purstato what is the annual expenditure of poses of navigation.

on the

no information as to the second paraTHE INTERNATIONAL GEODETIC

graph of the question. BUREAU OF VIENNA.

MR. P. O'BRIEN : As I got my inMR. KIMBER: I beg to ask the formation from a fellow-prisoner, who First Lord of the Admiralty whether told me Dr. Gallagher was suffering he has, during the past two years, been from melancholia or some form of inadvised by either of Her Majesty's sanity, I would ask the right hon. Astronomers Royal that it would be Gentleman if he will make further inhighly advantageous, in the interests quiries ? Is it not a fact that the right of commerce and navigation as well as hon. Gentleman did allow other science, that Great Britain should join doctors than the medical officers of the the other European nations in the In- prison to see Dr. Gallagher ? ternational Geodetic Bureau of Vienna,

MR. MATTHEWS: I must ask the the object of which is the collection hon. Member to observe that my

inand collation of data, from the surveys formation on this subject does not of all nations, as to the mass of the come from common talk amongst perearth, its form and dimensions, tides, sons in the gaol, but from a careful and levels, &c., and costs the small sum of most deliberate Report made by the £100 per annum; and on what grounds, medical officer of the prison. if any, the Government have not so

MR. P. O'BRIEN: I would ask the joined?

right hon. Gentleman whether it was LORD G. HAMILTON: I have re

not common talk that led to an inquiry ceived no communication from the as to the weak state of health of Astronomer Royal on this subject O'Donovan Rossa, and whether his during the past two years. As to the infirmity was not denied reasons why Her Majesty's Govern, authority of the medical officers at the ment did not join the International time, just the same as in this case ? Geodetic Bureau, I would refer the

MR. J. E. REDMOND: Will the họn. Member to the answer given by right hon. Gentleman tell us how many the Chancellor of the Exchequer on of those prisoners have become insane the 21st March this year.

since their conviction some years ago ?


that question, or a similar one, several MR. P. O'BRIEN: I beg to times. ask the Secretary of State for the MR. J. O'CONNOR: Might I ask Home Department whether Dr. the right hon. Gentleman whether it is Gallagher, at present confined in Port- not the fact that Dr. Gallagher was. land Prison, suffers from insanity; reported by the Visiting Committee to whether he is aware that a brother of have been suffering from insanity three Dr. Gallagher is at present a dangerous years ago ? lunatic in America, and that insanity is MR. MATTHEWS: I am not aware hereditary in the family, and whether, of any such report ; but if the hon. under the circumstances, he will allow Member will put the question on the an independent medical man to examine Paper, I will inquire. Dr. Gallagher, or will he consider the MR. P. O'BRIEN : If I drew attenadvisability of releasing him on condition to the mental state of an English: tion that he returns to his family in prisoner, whom I allege to be insane, America ?

would the right hon. Gentleman get his MR. MATTHEWS: I have received information from the same source as a Report, dated yesterday, from the that to which he applies in the case of medical officer of Portland Prison, who Dr. Gallagher? In one case it was informs me that he finds no indications found out afterwards that the prisoner of mental unsoundness in Gallagher; was mentally wrong as had been stated, that he is perfectly rational ; and that and he was ordered to be removed to he has never, while in prison, shown the Asylum. I ask the right hon. Gensigns of mental degeneration. I see tleman how he can now rely on the no reasons for allowing ndependent Report of

medical officer of the medical examination, and I cannot prison in view of cases that have advise the release of the prisoner. I have occurred before?


MR. SPEAKER: Order, order ! chase Act of 1891 was passed ; and

MR. T. P. O'CONNOR : I wish what number of the same appeals now to ask the Home Secretary, with remain undisposed of approximately, reference to Question 64, whether as according to the latest information ? it is notorious in America that there

*MR. JACKSON: The Irish Land is insanity in the family of Dr. Commissioners report that the total Gallagher, he will follow the precedent number of fair rent appeals up to 1st he has followed in other cases, and June, 1891, and which remained undisallow an independent medical inquiry posed of at the passing of the Purchase if the expenses

paid by the Act of 1891 was 14,950. Of these parties interested ?

1,840 were subsequently disposed of, MR. MATTHEWS: I should prefer leaving outstanding on the 29th Febnot to give a definite answer to that

ruary of the present year 3,110. question without notice.

At present it strikes me that the circumstances

LABOURERS' COTTAGES IN THE are quite different to those in the case

BANDON UNION. in which I allowed an independent medical examination. In that case

DR. TANNER: I beg to ask the there was undoubted illness of a grave

Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieucharacter, and it was to calm the dis- tenant of Ireland whether any, and, if tress and anxiety of the friends of the so, what, steps are being taken for the prisoner that I allowed an independent erection of labourers' cottages in the medical man to see him. Here I see no ground for investigation by anyone.

termed the new scheme ; whether he is MR. T. P. O'CONNOR: It is ex

aware that on the last occasion of the actly to calm the distress of the friends meeting of the Board, it was stated the of the unfortunate man in America scheme has been dropped for six that we are asking for an independent months; and if he will state how

often and for what periods this medical inquiry into the case.

MR. MATTHEWS: The hon. Mem- business has been adjourned, and if ber omits the most important circum- any steps will be taken to provide

the labourers in this Union with stance, that in the other case there was ground for alarm, but in this there is the houses and allotments proved absolutely none.

necessary ? MR. P. O'BRIEN: I would ask the

*MR. JACKSON : Under the original right hon. Gentleman whether, in a scheme submitted by the Bandon Board case of insanity which has recently of Guardians 125 labourers cottages been brought under his notice, the have been provided in that Union. official medical officer said there was no Representations

subsequently insanity, but that it afterwards turned made to the Guardians for the erection out that there was? Was not the second of additional labourers cottages. The examination in consequence of a ques- question has been postponed from time tion put in this House ; and, for that to time by the Guardians, and at their reason, does he not think it desirable meeting last week they appear to have that some independent medical man adjourned the matter for a further should examine the prisoner, and the period of six months. expense be borne by the authorities? DR. TANNER: I would ask the

MR. MATTHEWS: I cannot follow right hon. Gentleman if he has borne the reasoning of the hon. Gentleman. in mind the fact that this has been so Will he put a question down on the repeatedly adjourned. Paper ?

*MR. JACKSON: I think the hon.

Member is under a misapprehension FAIR RENT APPEALS.

with reference to my power with the MR. SEYMOUR KEAY: I beg to Board of Guardians. ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord DR. TANNER: Is the right hon. Lieutenant of Ireland what number of Gentleman aware that as Chief of the fair rent appeals lodged on or before Local Government Board he has power 1st June, 1891, remained undisposed of in this matter, and is he So aware at or near the date when the Land Pur- that this is a thoroughly Conservative


Board of Guardians, a real old Tory | hearing in Mr. Justice North’s Court in Board ?

July, 1891, is still unheard, and that *MR. JACKSON: No, Sir, I have no only about one-third of the cases then power to interfere unless some repre- set down before it for hearing have been sentations are made to me by the Local disposed of; and will he explain why Government Board. I was not aware the case, which has for some time been of the composition of this Board of marked as fit for transfer to the Queen's Guardians from a political point of Bench Division, has not been so transview, but I am very glad to hear that ferred ? it is as the hon. Gentleman has stated. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (Sir

RICHARD WEBSTER, Isle of Wight) : In THE SALE OF SPIRITUOUS LIQUORS answer to the question of the hon. TO NATIVE RACES.

Member I have to say that from inMR. SUMMERS (for Sir WILFRID formation furnished to me it appears Lawson, Cumberland, Cockermouth) : that at the date when the action reI beg to ask the Under Secretary ferred to was set down for trial there of State for the Colonies whether

were 53 actions standing before it in his attention has been called to a the list, and that 28 of these still reconference between British merchants main to be tried. The delay has been interested in the African trade and due to the fact that some exceptionally Members of Parliament, which was heavy causes, one of which lasted no held at the House of Commons on the less than 20 days, have had to be dis11th March, at which it was stated, on posed of. The marking of a case as fit behalf of the merchants, that " they for transfer does not imply more than could not do without sending a certain that if the state of business in the amount of spirits out with the cotton Queen's Bench Division permits the goods; "

and whether he will take action will be transferred for trial to whatever steps are in his power to that division. The unavoidable absence prevent the policy endorsed unani- through illness of three Chancery mously by a Resolution of this House Judges, and the consequent necessity (April, 1888), condemning the sale of for trying ordinary Chancery causes by spirituous liquors to Native races,

a Judge of the Queen's Bench Division, being set at naught?

rendered it undesirable to transfer BARON H. DE WORMS: My atten

causes to the Queen's Bench Division tion has been drawn to the Report re

at the present time, but I may add that ferred to. I assure the hon. it was open to the plaintiff, had he so Baronet that there is no intention of desired, to have commenced his action departing from the pledge I gave on in the Queen's Bench Division, in behalf of the Government in April, 1888, which case the trial would probably to which he refers, and which was have taken place at an ealier date, again confirmed by the Secretary of State in another place in 1889. So THE CHICAGO EXHIBITION. long as other countries have contiguous MR. J. O'CONNOR: I beg to ask possessions through which spirits can the Attorney General whether he inbe imported it is impossible for us to tends to recommend the Government to suppress the traffic.

We already levy apply to Parliament for a further sum in our Colonies duties on spirits greatly of money for the purposes of the Comin excess of those imposed in the neigh- missioners of the British and Irish bouring French and German Colonies, section of the Chicago Exhibition; and and also higher than the tariff laid whether he has taken any steps with down in the Act of the Brussels Con- the Commissioners to have a separate ference.

grouping of Irish exhibits, under dis

tinctively Irish management or subMR. JUSTICE NORTH'S COURT.

management, with a separate sum set MR. LEWIS FRY (Bristol, N.): I apart for the purposes of Irish exbeg to ask the Attorney General hibitors ? whether he is aware that the case of SIR T. ESMONDE: I beg to ask “Eliot and others v. the Mayor and the Attorney General whether the GoCorporation of Bristol,” set down for vernment will agree to an increase of



the funds available for the organisation proximity of the General Election, of a representative exhibition of Irish expenses incurred by Parliamentary industries at the Chicago Exhibition; candidates at the present moment come and, if 'so, to what amount; and within the meaning of the “Corrupt whether in consideration of the strong and Illegal Practices Prevention. Act, feeling in Ireland in favour of a separate 1883," and should be included in the Irish section at the World's Fair the Return made to the returning officer, Government will favourably consider in accordance with Section 33 of the the proposal ?

said Act ? SIR R. WEBSTER: In reply to the Sir R. WEBSTER : The question of questions of the hon. Member for the hon. Member implies that the date Tipperary and the hon. Baronet the at which the expenses are incurred is Member for Dublin, the Royal Com- the only important consideration. This mission for the Chicago Exhibition is not the fact, as, according to the have presented a memorial to Her“ Corrupt and Illegal Practices PrevenMajesty's Government asking for a tion Act, 1883," if expense is incurred substantial increase of the amount to be “ on account of or in respect of the granted in connection with the British conduct or management of an election” section. The Commission have carefully such expense must be included in the considered the question of a separate maximum amount allowed. The quesIrish section and separate management tion is in every case one of fact as to for Irish exhibits, and they are in whether the expenses fall within the communication with leading gentle description to which I have referredmen from Ireland upon the subject. namely, of expenses “relating to the At present, however, the feeling of conduct or management of an election." Irish exhibitors appears to be that it I am afraid that no other general would not be desirable to have the answer can be given. Irish exhibits separately grouped, and MR. COBB: I would ask the hon. that it would be distinctly unfavourable and learned Gentleman whether to the exhibitors for that course to be sitting Member is responsible for these adopted. The matter is, however, expenses? receiving careful consideration.

Sir. R. WEBSTER: There is no MR. J. O'CONNOR: I would like to difference in the case of a sitting Memask the hon. and learned Gentleman ber and a candidate. how soon he will be able to give us the information he has promised, and I LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL AND THE would also like to know whether it is

ANNUITY SYSTEM. intended to add to the Commission any MR. J. STUART: I beg to ask the representatives of Irish industries ?

First Lord of the Treasury what are the *Six R. WEBSTER: The matter grounds on which Her Majesty's Treareally cannot be determined until all sury has declined to sanction a loan of the exhibits have come in. It is quite £5,000 by the London County Council possible there may be some things to the Free Library Commissioners of which it will be desirable to localise Shoreditch repayable on the annuity and others which may be otherwise principle, in view of the fact that the dealt with, but there can be no final approval of the Local Government determination in this matter in the Board was obtained to the loan on an meantime. As to the other question I estimated expenditure for repayment have received no notice of it, but in calculated on the annuity principle, and reference to adding to the Commission that the same method of repayment gentlemen representing Irish industries, was also proposed by the London that matter will be carefully considered County Council ? on the re-election of the Council in MR. GOSCHEN: The Treasury has not May.

declined to sanction a loan of £5,000

by the London County Council to the ELECTION EXPENSES.

Free Library Commissioners of Shore. MR. BRAND (Cambridge, Wisbech): ditch. It was proposed that the loan I beg to ask the Attorney General should be repaid in certain terms of whether, in consideration of the years under the annuity system, and

Sir T. Esmonde

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