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a regulation which is the only protection placed at the Board's disposal for the to the members of a friendly society purposes of the Act generally, and not against the registration of amendments merely for the purposes of making loans, not duly made by the society.

as formerly, under certain conditions. The hon. Member will see the position

of this fund fully explained in the LIGHT RAILWAYS (IRELAND) BILL. annual Reports of the Board which

MR. D. CRILLY (Mayo, N.): I beg have been presented to Parliament. The to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord total value of the fund when handed Lieutenant of Ireland, if he is in a posi- over to the Board was about £65,000 ; tion to say how soon after Easter he will out of which a sum of £33,000 has been submit his proposals for the development expended up to the present date. The and extension of light railways in Ire expenditure has been mainly incurred in land ?

the construction of piers and boat-slips, MR. GERALD BALFOUR : I am and no portion of the fund was expended not yet in a position to assign any date in county Roscommon. One of the to this Bill. I hope, however, that it counties to which the fund was appliwill be read a second time before Whit-cable before it was handed over to the suntide. I desire to have the advantage of Board was Roscommon, but the fund communication on the subject with the was not apportioned in

any way between new Chairman of the Board of Works. the several counties concerned. As re

gards the last paragraph, no portion of

the capital sum of the Church Surplus CONGESTED DISTRICTS BOARD Grant has been expended in Roscommon (IRELAND).

or elsewhere, but the interest on that MR. L. P. HAYDEN (Roscommon, grant has been expended in the manner S.): On behalf of the hon. Member for described in the annual Reports of the North Roscommon (Mr. J. OʻKELLY), I Board. beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, (1) whether he

FEE GRANT RETURN. has inquired if any fund at the disposal MR. VESEY KNOX (Londonderry): of the Congested Districts Board is allo- I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treacated to certain counties ; (2) whether he sury, whether he will consent to the is aware that, by Section 35 of the Pur- Return relating to the Fee Grant (Engchase of Land (Ireland) Act, 1891, it is land, Ireland and Scotland) on provided that the Irish Reproductive Paper for to-day; whether he is aware Loan Fund be placed at the disposal that the 18th Section and the Fourth of the Congested Districts Board, with Schedule of the Irish Education Act, the condition that it should be applicable 1892, lay upon the Commissioners of only in any county in which the fund National Education the imperative duty was before the passing of that Act ap- of distributing the whole sum voted by plicable ; (3) could he state what was the Parliament as a fee grant among the amount of that fund applicable to the teachers; and, whether the Commiscounty of Roscommon; how much of it, sioners have, nevertheless, returned in and in what manner has it been ex- each year an unexpected balance to the pended ; and (4) how much of the general Treasury? fund of £1,500,000 from the Irish MR. GERALD BALFOUR: My right Church surplus entrusted to that Board hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this has been expended in the county of Ros- Question. I am writing to the hon. common ?

Member for Londonderry suggesting a MR. GERALD BALFOUR : No slight amendment in the proposed form fund and no moneys at the disposal of of Return. On the amendment being the Congested Districts Board are allo- made the Government will consent to the cated according to counties or other Return. territorial divisions. The provisions of MR. KNOX called attention to the the 35th Section of the Act of 1891 are last part of his Question. correctly set forth in the Question, so MR. GERALD BALFOUR far as they go, but it omits to state understood to say that an unexpended that the Reproductive Loan Fund was balance had been returned each year.

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Highness ; whether any intimation has Hardy, Mr. Cripps, Mr. Hobhouse, and been received by the Government that Mr. Schwann ; to be read upon Monday His Royal Highness does not intend to next.—(Bill 155.] avail himself of the proposed provision ; and, whether the Government have any intention of withdrawing the proposal for a special pension.

CRIMINAL LAW AMENDMENT. THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREA- Bill to amend the Criminal Law and SURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR, Man- to provide for the punishment of incest; chester, E.), said, I have no information and for other purposes, ordered to be to give the House or to the hon. Gentle brought in by Mr. Henry J. Wilson, Mr. man on this subject in addition to the Cameron, Mr. Fenwick, Mr. Heath, Sir answer I have previously given to a John Kennaway, Colonel Lockwood, Mr. Question on the same matter.

Spicer, Mr. W. F. D. Smith, Mr. Samuel MR. DALZIEL: May I ask the Smith, Mr. Whittaker, and Mr. John right hon. Gentleman whether he is Wilson (Durham). Presented and read aware that in regard to his previous 1' ; to be read 24 upon Tuesday, 21st answers no question was put to him as to April.—[Bill 156.] whether the Government was going to proceed with the matter. Are the Government going to withdraw the pension ?

THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY: Sir, I am afraid I have nothing ORDERS OF THE DAY. to add.

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE.

FAIR WAGES RESOLUTION, 1891. *Sir C. DILKE asked the right hon. MR. SYDNEY BUXTON (Tower gentleman the First Lord of the Trea- Hamlets, Poplar) called attention to the sury whether he still proposed that Fair Wages Resolution of 1891, and the Vote on Account should be the moved that a Select Committee be Second Order on Friday, and whether in appointed to consider the question of the that case arrangements might be made administration of the Fair Wages Reto bring it on at a earlier hour than had solution of February 1891. Of the new been proposed.

departure which was taken in 1891 they THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREA- had now had some experience, both as SURY said that when the House ad- regarded the administration and the journed on the previous night there had interpretation of the Resolution, which been some exception taken to the sug- had been somewhat vaguely worded. gestion that the Debate on the previous There had been a large number of commatter should be adjourned at half-past plaints from many of the working nine, and the conclusion of the Debate on classes, and especially from the trade the Vote of Account taken between unionists throughout the country as to half-past nine and twelve o'clock. He its administration and interpretation. had then said that he was desirous of If those complaints were well founded a meeting in every way he could the views remedy ought to be found, and it ought of the House, and that he would make to be known publicly whether the the adjournment at seven o'clock instead Departments were administering the of at half-past nine, on the under-Resolution properly. He understood standing that no difficulty was made as that the Government were practically as to the conclusion of the Debate. prepared to accept this Committee, but

invited discussion of the matter. Five years ago, when he moved the Resolu

tion, he had been able to show, he ESTATES TAIL ABOLITION. believed to the satisfaction of the House, Bill to prevent the creation of Estates that the new departure would be in the Tail, ordered to be brought by Mr. best interests of the community, the Hopkinson, Mr. Bigham, Mr. Čozens- employers, and the workmen. The

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contract had terminated and there was carried out." That alteration, in his no opportunity for reopening the ques- view, involved a departure from the tions raised. For some of those com- principle which the House had laid down plaints no doubt there had been little or in the Resolution of 1891. In his no foundation, and no suggestion had opinion that alteration had been made been made that there was a want of in view of certain matters connected with courtesy or of attention on the part of the shipbuilding operations upon the any of the Departments. He had at Thames. To his mind, this question of tempted to lay before the House the the words in Government contracts had nature of the complaints that had been absolutely nothing whatever to do with made. He by no means endorsed those the question of shipbuilding on the complaints, but he had referred to their Thames. As far as firms interested in existence as a ground for his suggestion shipbuilding on the Thames were con that a Committee ought to be appointed. cerned, they already paid the current The appointment of such a Committee rate in the district, and therefore no would give general satisfaction, and Resolution was necessary to force them would enable it to be ascertained whe- to pay it. He wanted to discuss this ther any remedies could be found for the simply from the point of view of the fairgrievances which had been put forward wages Resolution of 1891, and the inif they existed at all, because it was terpretation that ought to be put upon quite possible that in many cases the it. The right hon. Gentleman, in his complaints were unfounded. A ques- letter explaining the action he had taken, tion had arisen as to whether there had said that while he adhered to the letter not been an evasion of the spirit of the of the Resolution, the words in AdmiResolution. There was a great want of ralty contracts were an amplification of uniformity in the way the Resolution the Resolution of 1891. It was true was administered in the different Depart- that they were additional words, but he ments, and he believed that the appoint- denied that they were in any sense ment of the Committee would bring the amplification. The words used different Departments together, and, by that the wages paid should be those drawing attention to the Resolution, generally accepted as current in each secure greater uniformity in its adminis- trade for competent workmen. tration, and to have an authoritative in- certain sense, he admitted, that form of terpretation as to its meaning. The words did obey the Resolution ; but right hon. Gentleman the First Lord of they must be read in the light of the the Admiralty had lately made an altera- Debate that took place, and must be tion in the way in which contracts con- looked at from a common sense point of cerning his Department should in future view. The object of the House was cerbe issued to persons tendering. The tainly not that the Government of the Resolution, in effect, pointed out that it day should in any sense fix the rate of was the duty of the Government in all wages, but that they ought to recognise Government contracts to make every existing rates of wages.

To his mind, effort to secure the payment of such if all Government Departments put upon wages as were generally accepted and the Resolution the interpretation put on current in the district where the work it by the Admiralty, the Resolution was to be carried out. The right hon. would practically be a dead letter altoGentleman the First Lord of the Admi- gether. There was no general current ralty, had, in the exercise of his discre- rate of wages throughout any trade in tion, omitted from the terms of the the country, but there was a district Admiralty contracts the words “current rate. He would venture to read a in the district where the work is to be passage from the speech he made in

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