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

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—

The Address is carried

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