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NUMBER of DEPOSITORS and AMOUNT of DEPOSITS in SAVINGS BANKS on
There are also 6,368 annuities granted to the amount of 100,0621. number of officers employed, paid and unpaid, is 1,775, and the total annual expense of management is 103,1037.
The amount of the Fund for MILITARY SAVINGS BANKS up to March 28, 1848, was 86,8327. belonging to 6,365 depositors. The deposits in the year had been 45,8857., and the withdrawals were only 2,9457.
By an ANALYSIS of the Returns furnished by the Commissioners of RAILWAYS, it appears that 208 persons were killed and 195 injured, on all the Railways of Great Britain and Ireland, during the year ending June 30, Of these there were
In the first half-year the number of Passengers amounted to 31,524,641, in the second to 28,761,895. The miles of railway open on June 30, 1849, was 5,4474.
RETURN of the Number of PATIENTS Admitted into and Discharged from all the LUNATIC ASYLUMS in England and Wales in the Years 1846, 1847, and 1848.
Of the total number admitted in the three years, 17,838,-9,026 were males, and 8,812 females. Of the total number dircharged or died, 15,113, --7,731 were males, and 7,382 females.
A RETURN of the NUMBER of VISITORS to the BRITISH MUSEUM in the Year 1848.
To the General Collection
To the Reading Room ....
To the Galleries of Sculpture, for purposes of study..
NUMBER OF VISITORS to the State Apartments at HAMPTON COURT PALACE, and WINDSOR CASTLE, and to the BOTANIC GARDENS at KEW, in the years 1847 and 1848.
NUMBER OF MARRIAGES, BIRTHS, and DEATHS, registered in England in
the year 1847.
XIII-CHRONICLE OF THE SESSION OF PARLIAMENT, 1849.
(LORDS.) Parliament was opened by the Queen in person. In the speech from the throne Her Majesty said, that the joint 1. intervention of England and France in the affairs of Sicily was undertaken in the hope of stopping the further effusion of blood, and that a negotiation was going forward with the King of Naples on the part of England and France calculated to produce a permanent settlement of affairs in Sicily." Having referred to the rebellion in the Punjaub, and expressed a conviction that peace would soon be restored, Her Majesty recommended the serious re-consideration of the Navigation Laws with a view to "the repeal or modification of their provisions." On the subject of the Estimates for the public service, Her Majesty remarked that the present aspect of affairs would enable them to make large reductions. Majesty then lamented that the state of Ireland called for a continuance of those powers which, in the last session, were deemed necessary for the preservation of the public tranquillity. With reference to the commerce of the country and the revenue, Her Majesty had "great satisfaction in stating that the former was reviving, and that the latter showed signs of progressive improvement." On the subject of the laws for the relief of the poor in Ireland, Her Majesty informed Parliament that they would form a subject of inquiry, with the view to their amendment. In conclusion, Her Majesty referred "with pride and thankfulness" to the loyalty of her subjects during a period of commercial difficulty, want, and foreign political revolution," and called down the Divine blessing "for favour in our continued progress." Lord Bruce moved and Lord Bateman seconded the address in answer to the speech from the throne, which, after a protracted debate, was agreed to without amendment.
(COMMONS.) Lord H. Vane moved, and Mr. E. H. Bunbury seconded, the address; whereupon Mr. B. Disraeli in a long speech proposed an amendment; the debate upon which was adjourned at a late hour. An amendment proposed by Mr. Grattan on the Irish paragraph of the speech was rejected.
(COMMONS.) The adjourned debate on the address was resumed; and Lord Palmerston replied in a lucid statement to Mr. 2. Disraeli's speech of the previous evening, so far as it referred to the Sicilian question. Mr. Disraeli finally withdrew his amendment and the address was agreed to. The Chancellor of the Exchequer obtained leave to bring in a Bill to consolidate the Boards of Excise and Taxes into one Board of Commissioners of Inland Revenue, and to make provision for the collection of such revenue. Viscount Duncan moved for a Select Committee to inquire into the expenditure and management of the Woods and Forests and Land Revenues of the Crown, and to report to the House whether any reduction could be made in that branch of the public expenditure, which was agreed to.
(LORDS.) Her Majesty's answer to the address was brought up Feb. by Earl Fortescue, and ordered to be printed with the votes.
Lord Monteagle brought forward the case of the North Wales Railway Company, who had neglected to obey an order made during the last session to produce certain documents. The parties were called in, and, after giving an explanation, the debate was adjourned.
(COMMONS.) On the House moving to vote the sessional orders, Lord John Russell consented to withdraw the 14th and 15th resolutions, and Mr. M. Gibson moved, as an amendment on the 14th resolution which proposed to give precedence to orders of the day over notices of motion after the 1st of May, that the duration of all speeches be limited to one hour except in the case of a member introducing an original motion, or a minister of the Crown speaking in reply. Lord John Russell, Sir Robert Peel, Sir H. Inglis, spoke in opposition to the motion, and Mr. Hume and Mr. Cobden in its favour: on a division it was lost by a majority of 96 to 62. Lord H. Vane brought up the report on the address in answer to Her Majesty's speech, which after a long debate was adopted without amendment. Sir W. Somerville moved the appointment of a Select Committee on the Irish Poor Law, which was agreed to after an animated discussion, in which Mr. Bright, Sir G. Grey, Mr. Grattan, and Sir L. O'Brien, took part.
(LORDS.) Lord Campbell re-introduced the Bill for amending Feb. the law of marriage in Scotland, and the Bill for registering births, 6. marriages, and deaths, in Scotland. On the motion of Lord Monteagle the investigation in the matter of the North Wales Railway Company was proceeded with.
(COMMONS.) Lord John Russell announced that in the course of the session he would introduce a Bill, altering the constitution of the Ecclesiastical Commission, and providing for a severance of the episcopal and common funds. Sir George Grey, in moving to bring in a Bill to continue the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act in Ireland, acknowledged the gravity of the proposition, and regretted the necessity for its continuance. He contended that the measure had done much to stifle the rebellion. In asking for a continuance of the law, he urged that it was unnecessary to establish the same series of facts which it would be their duty to prove if they were requiring a new enactment. The question simply was, whether it was safe to take off all restraint upon agitation, and to run the risk of a repetition of last year's occurrences. He proposed to continue the enforcement of this measure for six months, which would give Parliament an opportunity of again reviewing the subject before the prorogation. Mr. John O'Connell moved as an amendment that a Committee of 21 members be chosen by ballot to report whether it was necessary to the tranquillity of Ireland that this measure should continue in force, which, after an animated debate, in which the Irish members inveighed warmly against the government, was lost by a majority of 221 to 18. Leave was then given to bring in the Bill, and Mr. Grattan intimated that he should move the call of the House upon the second reading.
(COMMONS.) The Inland Revenue Bill was read a second time. In Committee the Chancellor of the Exchequer proposed a grant 7. of 50,000l. for the relief of Irish distress in those unions where, owing to the severity of that distress, a sufficient rate could not be collected. From the Relief Commission and repayments of advances from unions there was a balance of 284,000l., 184,0007. of which would be available. Mr. P. Scrope moved as an amendment that the money be advanced in the shape of a loan, and on the distinct understanding that it was to be expended on reproductive labour. A long debate ensued in which Messrs. Hume and Christopher spoke in opposition both to the ministerial proposition and the amendment, and Sir James Graham supported the ministers on the distinct understanding that this "was the last vote of the kind;" the debate was then adjourned.
(LORDS.) Lord Grey, in answer to Lord Stanley, stated that the tax on emigrants to the British North American Colonies was imposed by the colonists to guard themselves against a recur
rence of the horrors of 1847; and that the money so levied was expended in conveying them into the interior. Lord Elgin however felt bound to state in his despatch that emigrants should not be recommended to proceed to Canada during the current year. The Marquess of Lansdowne moved the appointment of a Select Committee on the administration of the Poor Law in Ireland, which was agreed to. (COMMONS.) The second reading of the Habeas Corpus Suspension (Ireland) Act, after a debate in which Col. Thompson, Mr. B. Osborne, Mr. Hume, Mr. Disraeli, Sir Robert Peel, (who supported the measure with reluctance,) and Lord John Russell took part, was carried on a division, by a majority of 275 to 33.
(LORDS.) Lord Monteagle moved for a Committee of Inquiry
Feb. on the subject of the North Wales Railway, which was agreed
(COMMONS.) Mr. Labouchere expressed a hope that those companies which refused to convey passengers on Sundays would alter their practice, and so obviate the necessity for legislation in the matter. Mr. Baines, in reply to Lord Drumlanrig, intimated his intention, in reference to the Tooting establishment, of introducing a Bill to provide for the more effectual control of such places. Mr. Labouchere intimated that the Government contemplated the union of the railway department of the Admiralty with the Railway Commission, which would be amalgamated with the Board of Trade. On going into Committee on the Suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act (Ireland), Messrs. John O'Connell and Chisholm Anstey proposed amendments which were negatived by large majorities, and the Bill passed through Committee without alteration. In the Committee on the vote for the Relief of Irish Distress, Mr. Grattan moved that the Crown and quitrents be henceforth appropriated to the relief of the distressed Loor Law Unions; and Mr. A. Stafford moved an amendment demanding an estimate of the probable total sum wanted, and declaring that the continued application of the taxes of this country to the relief of Irish distress was vicious in principle; which was negatived by a majority of 245 to 125. The House divided on the grant, when it was carried by a majority of 220 against 143. Strong opposition was manifested to the addition of Mr. Bright's name as one of the Committee on the Irish Poor Law; but on a division it was retained by a majority of 129 to 74.
Feb. (LORDS.) On the motion of Lord Monteagle, a Select Com13. mittee on the system of auditing railway accounts was appointed. (COMMONS.) Mr. Chisholm Anstey moved for and obtained a Select Committee to inquire into the state of the Inland Fisheries and Navigation of Ireland. Leave was given to Mr. H. Drummond to bring in a Bill to facilitate the transfer of real property; to Sir J. Pakington to introduce a Bill for the better prevention of Bribery and Corruption at Elections; to Mr. C. Lewis to introduce a Bill to consolidate and amend the Laws relating to Public Roads in England; to Sir W. Somerville to bring in two Bills, one to amend the laws for regulating the Qualification and Registration of Voters in Ireland; the other for Shortening the Duration of Elections in Ireland, and for establishing additional Polling Places.
(COMMONS.) The House met at noon. Mr. Moffatt moved Feb. the second reading of the Insolvent Members Bill, which, after a 14. short discussion, was, at the suggestion of Mr. Ewart, postponed for a fortnight. Lord John Russell in reply to a question from Mr. Gladstone stated, that Government had accepted the services of Mr. Baines on the distinct understanding that he might vote against the repeal of the Navigation Laws. The House having resolved itself into Committee, Mr. Labouchere, in an able argumentative speech, moved his resolution with the view to the amend