Restrictions on Labour in Factories-A Bill is brought in by Sir James

Graham-Lord Ashley proposes a further limitation of the hours of la-

bour-His Speech-It is answered by Sir James Graham-Speeches of

Mr. Gibson, Mr. Stuart Wortley, Mr. Ward, Lord F. Egerton, Lord How-

ick, Lord Sandon, Mr. Bright, Sir Robert Peel, Lord John Russell, and

other Members-On a division, Lord Ashley's Amendment is carried by a

majority of 9-A second Debate takes place on the 22nd of March, upon

another Amendment of Lord Ashley to the same effect-Speeches of Lord

Ashley, Mr. Cardwell, Mr. C. Buller, and Sir James Graham-On a divi-

sion there is a majority of 3 against the Ministerial proposition of 12

hours, and of 7 against Lord Ashley's Amendment of 10 hours-Sir James

Graham withdraws the Bill, and introduces another in its stead-A Dis-

cussion takes place, and leave is given to bring in the new Bill-Lord

Ashley announces his intention to propose his Amendments on the Third

Reading-Various discussions on the Second Reading, and committal of the

Bill-Explanation of Sir Robert Peel-The Third Reading is moved on the

10th of May, when a prolonged discussion takes place-Speeches of Lord

Ashley, Sir James Graham, Lord Howick, Mr. Roebuck, Mr. Labouchere,

Mr. Charles Wood, Mr. Stuart Wortley, Sir Robert Peel, and Lord John

Russell-Lord Ashley's proposal to limit the hours of labour to 10 is re-

jected by 297 to 159, and the Bill is read a Third time-Lord Wharncliffe

in the House of Lords, moves the Second Reading on the 20th of May-

Speeches of the Marquess of Normanby, Lord Brougham, Earl Fitzwilliam,

Lord Minto, Earl of Haddington, Lord Campbell, and other Peers-The

Bill passes through Committee with little discussion-Lord Brougham

impugns the principle of interference-Lord Kinnaird moves an Amend-

ment, which is rejected, and the Bill is passed

FINANCE. The Chancellor of the Exchequer proposes a Plan for the Reduc-

tion of the Three and a Half per Cents.-It is very favourably received in

the House of Commons-Remarks of Mr. F. Baring, Sir J. R. Reid, Sir J.

Easthope, Mr. Warburton, and other Members-The Bill passes through

the two Houses with little discussion. THE BUDGET.-Statement of the

Chancellor of the Exchequer-Favourable retrospect of Finance for the

past year-Remission of Taxation proposed on several Articles-Observa-

tions on Sugar Duties-Mr. F. Baring enters into a criticism of the Plan

proposed-Condemns the intended Arrangement of the Sugar Duties—Mr.

Hume and Mr. W. Williams demand a Reduction of the Estimates-Ob-

servations of Sir Robert Peel-He vindicates the Financial Policy of the

Government-Remarks of Mr. Labouchere, Mr. P. Stewart, Lord Stanley,

Lord John Russell, and other Members-Debate on the Customs' Duties

Bill-Mr. Ewart proposes to equalize Duties on Coffee-The Amendment

is rejected. SUGAR DUTIES BILL.-Speech of Mr. Goulburn on proposing

the Government Plan on the 3rd of June-Lord John Russell moves an

Amendment-He is answered by Mr. Gladstone-Speeches of Mr. La-

bouchere, Mr. P. M. Stewart, Mr. Hume, Mr. T. Baring, and Dr. Bowring

-Lord John Russell's Amendment is negatived by a majority of 69—

Another Amendment on the Bill is proposed by Mr. P. Miles on the 14th

of June, for the purpose of giving increased Protection to Colonial Pro-

duce-It is seconded by Mr. H. Baillie-After a protracted discussion Mr.

Miles's Amendment is carried against the Ministers by a majority of 241

to 221-Apprehensions occasioned by the Ministerial Defeat-Sir R. Peel,

on the 17th of June, explains the course proposed to be pursued by the

Bank Charter and Banking Regulations-Sir Robert Peel introduces his Bill

to the House of Commons on the 6th of May in a speech of great ability—

Details of his plan affecting the Bank of England and Private Banks

-The Resolutions are favourably received, but no discussion takes place-

Debate in Committee on the same subject on the 20th of May-Further

explanations of his views by Sir Robert Peel-Various opinions expressed

respecting the Resolutions, which are ultimately carried-Debate on the

Second Reading of the Bank Charter Bill—Amendment proposed by Mr.

Hawes Speeches of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir W. Clay, Mr.

Newdegate, Mr. Hume, Sir R. Peel, and other Members-The Amendment

is negatived by 185 to 30-Discussions in Committee-The Bill is passed

-It is introduced by the Earl of Ripon in the House of Lords--Remarks

of Lord Monteagle, Lord Ashburton, the Earl of Radnor, and other Peers

-The Bill passes through Committee without division. DISSENTERS'

CHAPELS BILL.-Nature of the Measure-It is carried through the House

of Lords, though opposed by the Bishops of London and Exeter, and some

other Peers-Excitement in the country against the Bill-Great numbers

of petitions are presented against it in the House of Commons-The At-

torney-General moves the Second Reading of the Bill in an able speech

-It is supported by Mr. Macaulay, Mr. Gladstone, Mr. Sheil, Sir Robert Peel,

Lord John Russell, and Lord Sandon; and opposed by Sir R. Inglis, Mr.

Plumptre, Mr. Colquhoun, and Mr. Fox Maule-The Second Reading is

carried by a majority of 190-Amendments are proposed in Committee by

Mr. Shaw and other Members, but without success-The Bill is sent up

again to the House of Lords, where it is again opposed by the Bishop of

London and other Peers, but is carried, with the Commons' Amendments, by

161. SEES OF BANGOR AND ST. ASAPH.-The Earl of Powis renews his

attempt to repeal the Union between the two Sees-The Duke of Welling-

ton opposes the Bill-Speeches of various Peers for and against the mea-

sure-The Second T. ading is carried by 49 to 37-Previously to the Third

Reading the Duke of Wellington announces that the consent of the Crown is

FRANCE.-General Reflections on the tone and temper of France towards

England during the year-Congratulatory Addresses to Louis Philippe on

New Year's Day-Election of a President and Secretaries in the Chamber

of Deputies-Remarkable Speech of M. Lafitte-Visit of the Duc de

Bourdeaux to England-Its effect in France-Discussion on the Address

in the Chamber of Peers-Explanation by the Duc de Richelieu-Speech

of M. Guizot-The Address in answer to the Royal Speech in the Chamber

of Deputies-Allusion to the Duc de Bourdeaux-Debate on the Address

-Speeches of M. Berryer, M. Guizot, M. Dupin, Duc de Valmy, M. de

Larez, M. Hebert, Attorney-General, Marquis de la Rochejacquelin-Pro-

secution and Conviction of two Parisian Journals for advocating the

claims of the Duc de Bourdeaux-Attack by M. Thiers on the Ministry—

Reply of M. Duchatel-Discussion in the Chamber of Deputies on the

separate paragraphs of the Address-Speeches of M. Ducos and the Minis-

ter of Commerce-Foreign Policy of the Government-Speech of M. Bill-

ault-The Election of M. Charles Lafitte is annulled-Reply of M. Guizot

to M. Billault-Speeches of M. Thiers and M. Guizot-Paragraph relating

to Right of Search-Amendment by M. Billault-Speeches of M. Gasparin,

Baron Mackau, and M. Dupin-Paragraph relating to the Duc de Bour-

deaux-Explanations of M. Berryer and the Marquis de la Rochejacquelin

-Remarks of M. Guizot on the subject-Amendment by MM. Cordier and

De Courtais-Speeches of M. Ledru Rollin, M. de Lamartine and others-

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