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Lunæ, 22 die Martii; Anno 11 Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.
Wexford Town Election-Minutes of Evidence, presented. Return of Insolvent Debtors, presented. Papers respecting Pursers, presented. No. 168. Report respecting Holyhead Roads, presented. No. 169. Waterford County Election. Petition of Electors. Petition in favour of Leeds and Selby Railway Bill. Petitions against Perth Navigation Bill. Petition in favour of Dundee Harbour Bill. Hagley Inclosure Bill, committed. Petitions against Worcester Suburbs Improvement Bill. Liverpool Docks Bill, reported. Petition against Edenfield and Little Bolton Roads Bill. Ardwick Green and Wilmslow Road Bill, reported. Petition against Lambeth Bridge Bill. Charminster Inclosure Bill, committed. Petition against Clyde Navigation Bill. Petition in favour of Broomielaw (Glasgow) Railway and Tunnel Bill. Petitions against St. Helen's and Runcorn Gap Railway Bill. Sheffield and Wakefield Road Bill, reported. Blacktoft Inclosure Bill, committed. Petition for Leave for Greenwich Improvement. Petitions against North Level Drainage Bill. Gainsburgh and East Retford Road Bill, passed. Barnwell Tithes Bill, reported. Deddithorpe Inclosure Bill, committed. Petitions against Broomielaw (Glasgow) Railway and Tunnel Bill. Petition against Garscube and Possil Road Bill. Petition against Garnkirk Railway and Keppoch Road Bill. Petition against Broomielaw (Glasgow) Railway and Tunnel Bill, referred. Port Glasgow Harbour Bill, committed. Caxton Inclosure Bill, committed. Carlisle and Penrith Road Bill, committed. Wendover Road Bill, presented. Brechfâ Road Bill, reported. Neroche Forest Inclosure Bill, reported. Report of St. Katharine Dock Bill, considered. Petitions against Glasgow Royalty Extension Bill. Swansea Gas Bill, reported. Petitions against Haymarket Removal Bill. Petitionsagainst Renewal of East India Charter. Accounts and Papers, ordered: Insolvent Debtors. Lottery Office. Ships. Corn and Meal. Grain. Army-Full Pay, &c. Half Pay and Superannuations. Military College. Vacant Commissions. First Commissions. Sale of Commissions. Artillery. Marines. Unattached Commissions. Brevet Rank. Brevet Rank (Artillery.) Brevet Rank (Marines.) Half-Pay Commissions. Address respecting Pensions in the Colonies. Petition for repeal of Malt and Beer Duties. Petitions complaining of Agricultural Distress. The Lords have agreed to. Longtown Road Bill. Kingston Inclosure Bill. Petitions for mitigating the severity of the Criminal Law. Address for Prices of Foreign Corn. Petition for Bounty on Export of Lead. Petition respecting Welsh Judicature. Petition complaining of Removal of Pig Market (Dublin) Petition respecting Office of Coal Meter (Dublin.) Petition against Surrey Coal Meters Bill. Petition respecting Freeholders Votes (Ireland.) Petitions for repeal of Subletting Act (Ireland.) Petitions for repeal of Parish Vestries Act (Ireland.) Petition complaining of Abuses in the Elective Representation of Athlone. Petition for establishment of a College of Pharmacy in Dublin. Petition against further Grant to Kildare-Place Society. Petition respecting the Elective Franchise (Ireland.) Petition for repeal of the Union with Ireland. Petition against Watching, &c. Parishes Bill. Petition for abolition of practice of burning Widows in India. Address respecting Welsh Judicature. Petition for, repeal of Malt Duty. Leases of Lands (Ireland) Bill, presented. No. 170. Order for printing certain Papers, discharged. Petition respecting Labourers Wages. King's Message respecting the Appointment of additional Judges. Address thereupon. King's Message to be considered. Administration of Justice Bill, presented. No. 171. Copies of Letters from East India Company, ordered. Committee of Supply. Ordnance Estimates, referred. Martis, 23 die Martii, 1830: Game Bill, deferred. Ecclesiastical Leases (Ireland) Bill, deferred. Report Supply (19 March), deferred. Smugglers Families Maintenance Bill, passed. Ways and Means, deferred. Galway Franchise Bill, deferred. Illusory Appointments Bill, deferred. Committee on Indemnity Bill. Fisheries Bill ordered. Account of Corn Averages, withdrawn. Another ordered. No. 167. presented.

Lunæ, 22 die Martii; Anno 11 Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.

PRAYERS.

Wexford Town Election-Minutes of Evidence, presented.

THE House being informed that Mr. Hall, from the Office of the Clerk of the Committees of Privileges, and of Election Committees, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to their Order,-Minutes of the Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Petition of Charles Roper, of Rathfarnham Castle, in the County of Dublin, Esquire, and others, complaining of an undue Election and Return for the Town or Borough of Wexford:-And then he withdrew.

Ordered, That the said Minutes do lie upon the Table.

Return of Insolvent Debtors, presented.

The House being informed that Mr. Sturgis, from the Court for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House,-Return to an Order of the House, dated the 10th day of this instant March, for an Account of the Number of Persons who were discharged by the Court for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors under the Insolvent Acts in each year, from the 1st of January 1814 to 31st of December 1829 inclusive; distinguishing the number of those whose cases were heard in London from those in the Country since the Commissioners went the circuits, together with the aggregate amount of the Debts of such persons in each of those years; also, what has been the aggregate amount of the Dividends paid upon such Debts, and whether any Monies remain unclaimed of such Dividends either in the hands of the Court or the Provisional Assignee, and the aggregate amount thereof:-And then he withdrew.

Ordered, That the said Return do lie upon the Table.

Papers respecting Pursers, presented. No. 168.

The House being informed that Mr. Barber, from the Admiralty Office, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to their Orders,-A Statement, showing the Number of Pursers on the List of the Royal Navy in each year on 1st January 1827, 1828, 1829 and 1830, with their Rates of Pay; distinguishing also the number of that class of Officers employed Afloat and on Half Pay at those dates.

A Return of the Number of Clerks who have been promoted to be Pursers on the List of the Royal Navy in each of the years 1823 to 1829, both inclusive:-And then he withdrew.

Ordered, That the said Papers do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Report respecting Holyhead Roads, presented. No. 169.

The House being informed that Mr. Robertson, from the Office of His Majesty's Woods, Forests and Land Revenues, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to the directions of several Acts of Parliament,-General Statement of the Income and Expenditure of the Shrewsbury and Holyhead Road between 1st of February 1829 and 1st of February 1830; and Report of Mr. John Provis thereon:-And then he withdrew.

Ordered, That the said Report do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Waterford County Election. Petition of Electors.

Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, That he had received a Letter from Thomas Bourchier, Esquire, dated Crown and Hanaper Office, Dublin, 18th March 1830, inclosing a Petition of Dominick P. Ronayne, Robert Curtis and Pierse Stafford, Electors of the county of Waterford, complaining of an undue Election and Return for that county; and the said Petition was laid upon the Table.

A Petition of Dominick P. Ronayne, Robert Curtis, and Pierse Stafford, electors of the county of Waterford, on behalf of themselves and others, claiming a right to vote for Members to serve in Parliament for said county, was read; setting forth, That a vacancy having occurred in the representation of the county of Waterford, in the Parliament now holden at Westminster for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, in consequence of Henry Villers Stuart's acceptance of the Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds, and thereby vacating his seat in Parliament as one of the Representatives of said county, the usual Writ was in due form issued and directed to the Sheriff of the said county, commanding him to proceed to the election of a Knight of the Shire for the said county, in the room of the said Henry Villers Stuart, Esquire; that Pierce Hely, Esquire, the High Sheriff of the said county, in obedience to the said Writ, did, on Tuesday the 23d day of February last past, proceed to the Election of a Member to serve in the present Parliament, in the room of the said Henry Villers Stuart; that all the Petitioners were, at and during the said last Election of a Member to serve in the present Parliament in the room of the said Henry Villers Stuart, Esquire, for the said county of Waterford, electors of the said county, and had and claimed to have had a right to vote for a Member to serve in Parliament at the last Election for the said county of Waterford; that the Right honourable George Thomas Beresford, commonly called Lord George Thomas Beresford, and John Barron, Esquire, were candidates at the said late Election for a Knight of the Shire to represent the said county, in the room of the said Henry Villers Stuart: that the said Lord George Thomas Beresford and John Barron attended at the hustings in said county. Waterford on said 23d day of February, and were severally proposed, and offered themselves as fit and proper persons to represent the said county of Waterford in Parliament, and on a show of hands being called for by the said Sheriff or Returning Officer, there appeared thereby to be a large and decided majority for the said John Barron, and same was duly declared by the said Sheriff or Returning Officer, upon which a poll was demanded on behalf of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford in the usual manner, and thereupon the said Sheriff or Returning Officer appointed deputies, and allotted booths for the several baronies, and proceeded to poll the county, and continued to do so from day to day (Sunday excepted) until the 2d day of March following, when the said Sheriff or Returning Officer declared the majority of votes to be in favour of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, and the said Lord George Thomas Beresford was thereupon returned by the said Sheriff or Returning Officer as duly elected; that the numbers which appeared on the poll were for the said Lord George Thomas Beresford 461, and for the said John Barron 318, making a majority of 143 in favour of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford; that the said majority in favour of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford was but a colourable majority, and was procured by undue, corrupt, illegal and unconstitutional means, whereas the said John Barron had a legal majority of free and unbiassed votes at the said Election over the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, and ought to have been returned to serve for the said county of Waterford; that the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, whose family is known to be possessed of great wealth and power, by himself, his agents, friends and managers, and by persons employed on his behalf, before, at and during the time of said Election, was guilty of open and extensive bribery and corrupt practices in order to procure persons having, or claiming to have, a right to vote at the said Election, to vote for the said Lord George Thomas Beresford at the said Election, and to forbear to vote for the said John Barron, in order to procure the said Lord George Thomas Beresford to be returned to serve in this present Parliament for the said county, and that the said bribery and corrupt practices of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, and of his agents, friends and managers, were open and notorious in the said county, and well known to the electors; that the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, by himself, his agents, friends and managers, and by persons employed on his behalf, before the test of the said Writ of Summons to Parliament, and also afterwards, and before, during and after the said Election, was guilty of various corrupt acts, and employed undue influence, and other illegal and improper means, and did both directly and indirectly give, and caused to be given, divers sums of money, and did also give and enter into, and caused to be given and entered into, divers gifts, rewards, agreements and engagements to and with several persons having, and claiming to have, a right to vote, and to and for the use, advantage, benefit, employment, profit and preferment of such persons, in order to procure them to vote, at the said Election, for the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, and to forbear to vote for the said John Barron, and in order to procure the said Lord George Thomas Beresford to be returned to serve in this present Parliament for the county of Waterford aforesaid; that the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, by the said corrupt and illegal practices, was and is wholly disabled and incapacitated, and ineligible to serve in Parliament for the said county of Waterford, and that the return of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford was and is wholly null and void; that due notice was publicly given to the Sheriff or Returning Officer at the hustings, and to and in the presence and hearing of the electors of the said county of Waterford, present at said Election, that the said Lord George Thomas Beresford had been guilty of bribery, in order to his being elected to serve in Parliament for said county, and that thereby he was disabled and incapacitated from serving in Parliament, and that whoever should vote for the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, after that notice, would throw away his vote, and that the said notice was also publicly and distinctly given to each elector separately when he came up to give his vote at the said Election; that the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, in addition to the most corrupt influence and extensive bribery, was before, at and during the time of the said Election, by himself, his friends, agents and persons employed on his behalf, guilty of, and did resort to the most illegal, unconstitutional and unheard-of methods of terrifying the people, and of coercing and intimidating the electors of the said county of Waterford, in the exercise of the elective franchise, against the said John Barron, and in order to procure the return of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford as a Member to serve in Parliament for the said county of Waterford; that the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, by himself, his friends, agents and managers, prevailed over and persuaded the Mayor and others of the Magistrates of the said city of Waterford to introduce, and also did introduce into the city of Waterford, on the occasion of the said Election, strong bodies of military and police from the neighbouring counties; that the streets and suburbs of the city of Waterford (in which city the Election was held) were filled with large bodies of police and of military, both cavalry and infantry, before, at and during the said Election; that the said Mayor, and others of the Magistrates, distinguished themselves as the most violent partizans of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford during the said Election, and were continually at the head of large bodies of the police and military, parading through every part of the said city of Waterford, and particularly in those parts where the Committee Rooms of the said John Barron were situated, and also where the freeholders were lodged, and frequented; that the said Magistrates were frequently heard to threaten to fire upon the people and electors without the slightest provocation, and that on the second day of the polling at said Election, between the hours of ten and eleven o'clock in the forenoon, one of the said Magistrates, namely, Henry Alcock, on horseback, and at the head of a troop of dragoons, read the Riot Act against a small crowd of persons, principally consisting of women and children, who were assembled opposite the Committee Room of the said John Barron, and on said occasion said Alcock commanded the military to hold themselves in readiness to fire; that there was not the slightest provocation for this most violent conduct of said Alcock, as the people on this occasion were conducting themselves in the most peaceable manner, and manifested no disposition whatsoever to riot; that it was not alone by intimidation and terror of Magistrates and Military, that the freedom of Election was invaded on the present occasion, but that it was more directly outraged by the shocking imprisonments and personal restraints of the electors themselves; that the friends, agents and persons employed on behalf of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford personally brought the freeholders from their several places of abode, and accompanied and guarded them into the city of Waterford, and there handed them over to bodies of police and soldiery, with drawn swords and fixed bayonets, commanded by Magistrates, who were in waiting to receive them into custody, and that thus commanded and guarded by soldiers and Magistrates, and agents of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, the said electors were escorted by day and by night, through the streets like convicts or felons, and were never released until they were lodged in the places of confinement, and houses of entertainment of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, where they were closely imprisoned, without liberty, or chance of escape, under the guard of other bodies of military and police, who were commanded to prevent any access to them, even by their friends or family, parents or children; that the said electors often endeavoured, but in vain, to extricate themselves from this mode of restraint and coercion, and frequently asked permission to see their friends and families, but this was uniformly denied to them, and those of their friends and families who attempted to gain access to them were repulsed and assaulted by the friends and agents of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, and the police, who were placed as guards over the said electors; that the said electors were kept within the bars of the gaol yards of the said county and city of Waterford, through the walls of which gaols a passage was made to conduct the said electors from the Committee Rooms of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford to the hustings, and that the same was so constructed for the purpose of the greater coercion of the said electors; that several of the said electors were known to have attempted escape at every peril, by leaping through windows, and getting over the bars and spikes, with which they were so surrounded; that the friends and agents of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, by means of intimidation and threats, exercised an absolute control and dominion over a great majority of the said electors, and contrived to compel and deceive the said electors into voting for the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, against the said John Barron, and many of the said electors did really and truly vote against their own wills, and at the will and pleasure of the said agents and partizans of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford; that the friends, agents and partizans of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, during the said Election, usually posted themselves in the different booths, and by their looks and gestures and presence often frightened away the electors who actually came up on the tallies of the said John Barron to vote for him, which said several unlawful, corrupt and unconstitutional acts of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford, and other his friends, agents and managers, are contrary to the freedom of Election, in violation of the Standing Orders of the House, and the Laws and Statutes of the Realm for preventing bribery, corruption and undue influence in the Election of Members to serve in Parliament, and have rendered the Election and Return of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford wholly null and void; and that notice of such bribery and corruption having been duly given, as before stated, to the Returning Officer and to the electors, and being well known in the said county of Waterford, the said John Barron was duly elected, and ought to have been returned at such Election to serve in Parliament for the said county of Waterford; may it therefore please the House to declare the said Election and Return of the said Lord George Thomas Beresford to be wholly null and void, and that the said Lord George Thomas Beresford is disqualified and disabled and incapacitated from sitting in Parliament as one of the Representatives for said county of Waterford, and that the said John Barron was duly elected and ought to have been returned to serve in Parliament for said county of Waterford, or that the House will grant the Petitioners such other relief in the premises as to the House in their wisdom shall seem meet.

Ordered, That the said Petition be taken into consideration upon Tuesday the 27th day of April next; at the same time that the Petition of Dominick P. Ronayne, Robert Curtis, and Pierse Stafford, electors of the county of Waterford, is ordered to be taken into consideration.

Memorandum:-In pursuance of the Act 9 Geo. 4, c. 22, to consolidate and amend the Laws relating to the trial of Controverted Elections or Returns of Members to serve in Parliament, Notices were sent to the Parties, with orders for their attendance, by themselves, their counsel or agents, at the time on which the said Petition was ordered to be taken into consideration.

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant or Warrants for such persons papers and records as shall be thought necessary by the several Parties on the hearing of the matter of the said Petition.

Petition in favour of Leeds and Selby Railway Bill.

A Petition of Merchants, Manufacturers, Traders and other Inhabitants of the township of Dewsbury, in the west riding of the county of York, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for making a Railway from the Town of Leeds to the River Ouse, within the Parish of Selby, in the West Riding of the County of York; and praying, That the same may pass into a law.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table.

Petitions against Perth Navigation Bill.

A Petition of Ship-owners, Merchants and Inhabitants of the city of Perth, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for enlarging, improving and maintaining the Port and Harbour of Perth; for improving the Navigation of the River Tay to the said City; and for other purposes therewith connected; and praying, That they may be heard by their counsel against certain parts thereof.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by their counsel upon their Petition, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petition.

A Petition of the Guildry Incorporation of the city of Perth, was also presented, and read; taking notice of the said Bill; and praying, That the same may not pass into a law as it now stands.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill.

Petition in favour of Dundee Harbour Bill.

A Petition of Inhabitants and Householders of the burgh and parish of Newburgh, in the county of Fife, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for more effectually maintaining, improving and extending the Harbour of Dundee, in the County of Forfar; and praying, That the same may pass into a law.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table.

Hagley Inclosure Bill, committed.

A Bill for inclosing certain Lands in the Parish of Hagley, in the County of Worcester, was read a second time; and committed to Sir Thomas Winnington, &c: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Petitions against Worcester Suburbs Improvement Bill.

A Petition of Proprietors and Occupiers of dwellinghouses, buildings, lands and hereditaments within the tithing and parish of Claines, in the county of Worcester; -and, of Freeholders, Parishioners, Paymasters and Inhabitants of the parish of Saint Peter-the-Great, in the county of Worcester,-were presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for lighting, watching and regulating the Suburbs of the City of Worcester; and praying, That the same may not pass into a law as it now stands.

And the said Petitions were ordered to lie upon the Table.

Liverpool Docks Bill, reported.

Lord Stanley reported from the Committee on the Bill for extending and amending the several Acts relating to the Docks and Harbour of Liverpool; That they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Report was brought up, and read.

Ordered, That the Report do lie upon the Table.

Petition against Edenfield and Little Bolton Roads Bill.

A Petition of the Proprietors of the Canal Navigation from Manchester to Bolton and to Bury, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for more effectually repairing and improving the Road from or near Edenfield Chapel to Little Bolton, and the Road leading from and out of the said Road at Booth Pits to or near Bury Bridge, in the County Palatine of Lancaster, and for making and maintaining three several Branches of Road communicating therewith; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents upon their Petition, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petition.

Ardwick Green and Wilmslow Road Bill, reported.

Mr. Egerton reported from the Committee on the Bill for more effectually repairing and improving the Road from Chorlton-row, near Manchester, in the County Palatine of Lancaster, to the Bridge at the Corn Mills at Wilmslow, in the County Palatine of Chester; and to whom the Petitions of Thomas Carill Worsley, Esquire, a proprietor of land on the line of the Ardwick Green Roads; and of several Ley-Payers of the township of Chorlton-row, in the parish of Manchester, were referred; That the Standing Orders relative to Turnpike Bills, had been complied with; and that they had considered the second-mentioned Petition; and that no person appeared in support of the first mentioned Petition; and that they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

Petition against Lambeth Bridge Bill.

A Petition of the poor Watermen of the parishes of Saint Margaret and Saint John-the-Evangelist, Westminster, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for building a Bridge across the River Thames, from or near the Horseferry Road, in the Parish of Saint Johnthe-Evangelist, in the County of Middlesex, to the opposite Shore, at or near to Church-street and Fore-street, in the Parish of Saint Mary Lambeth, in the County of Surrey, and for making convenient Roads thereto; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents upon their Petition, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petition.

Charminster Inclosure Bill, committed.

A Bill for inclosing Lands in the Parish of Charminster, in the County of Dorset, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Portman, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Petition against Clyde Navigation Bill.

A Petition of Ship-owners, Steam-boat Owners, Shipbuilders and others connected with the shipping interest of the River Leven and port and harbour of Dumbarton, and resident Burgesses in the said burgh, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill to enable the Trustees for the Improvement of the Navigation of the River Clyde to purchase up certain Exemptions from the Rates payable on the said River and the Harbour at Glasgow; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents upon their Petition, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petition.

Petition in favour of Broomielaw (Glasgow) Railway and Tunnel Bill.

A Petition of the Provost, Magistrates and Town Council of the city of Aberdeen, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for making a Railway and Tunnel from the Broomielaw Harbour of Glasgow, to communicate with the Canals and Railways passing by or terminating at the Higher Levels towards the North and North-east of the said City of Glasgow; and praying, That the same may pass into a law.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table.

Petitions against St. Helen's and Runcorn Gap Railway Bill.

A Petition of the Mayor, Bailiffs and Burgesses of the town of Liverpool;-and, of Ellen Pemberton, of Sutton, in the county of Lancaster, widow, were presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for making a Railway from the Cowley-Hill Colliery, in the Parish of Prescot, to Runcorn Gap, in the same Parish, with several Branches therefrom, all in the County Palatine of Lancaster, and for constructing a Wet Dock at the termination of the said Railway at Runcorn Gap aforesaid; and praying, That they may be heard by their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

And the said Petitions were ordered to be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by their counsel or agents upon their Petitions, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petitions.

Sheffield and Wakefield Road Bill, reported.

Mr. William Duncombe reported from the Committee on the Bill for repairing the Road from Wakefield to Sheffield, in the County of York; That the Standing Orders relative to Turnpike Bills, had been complied with; and that they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

Blacktoft Inclosure Bill, committed.

A Bill for inclosing Lands in the Townships of Blacktoft, Gilberdike and Faxfleet, in the Parish or Parochial Chapelry of Blacktoft, and in the Parishes of Eastrington and South Cave, in the East Riding of the County of York, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. William Duncombe, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Petition for Leave for Greenwich Improvement.

A Petition of several Inhabitants of the parish of Greenwich, in the county of Kent, and the Vicar and Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said Parish, and several of the Feoffees in trust of certain estates in the said parish and elsewhere, formerly belonging to John Roan, Esquire, and others, was presented, and read; setting forth, That in consequence of the recent destruction, by fire, of some houses, part of the said charity estates devised by the will of the said John Roan, deceased, to certain charitable uses, for the education and clothing of poor towns-born children of the said parish, which stood close to and inconveniently situated with regard to the parish church of Saint Alphage, an opportunity has been afforded to the parishioners of effecting a very important and beneficial improvement in the heart of the town, by preventing the reinstatement of the buildings, and appropriating the site to the enlargement of the burialground and highway, whereby (among other advantages) will be obtained a free and uninterrupted view of, and better access to, the parish church, an edifice eminently beautiful as an architectural ornament to the town, and for the possession of which the parishioners are indebted to the national munificence in the reign of her late most gracious Majesty Queen Anne; and that it is important to the parishioners that the burial-ground should be enlarged, and to the public generally that the highway at that point where the buildings formerly occasioned an inconvenient obstruction, should be widened, with a view to render the communication between the adjoining streets more safe and commodious, an object now more particularly desirable, in consequence of its forming, in conjunction with the recent opening of Nelson-street, the principal approach to Greenwich Hospital, and the course of communication between the eastern part of the metropolis and the Government establishments of the Dock-yard and Arsenal at Woolwich; and that it was not considered practicable to effect the proposed improvement until about a fortnight ago, when, at a very full and respectable meeting of the Parishioners in vestry, it was (amongst other things) unanimously resolved, that a Committee should be appointed to solicit subscriptions towards the expense of the proposed improvement, and certain persons appointed as Trustees, together with the Feoffees of Roan's Charity before mentioned, were thereby authorized and requested to take the means which they might consider most effectual for rendering safe and legal for all parties the measures agreed upon for carrying the full improvement into effect; and that subscriptions to a considerable amount have been already obtained, and that a further sum sufficient in addition thereto for the purposes stated, may be raised, by the appropriation of a certain sum out of the Church and Highway Rates, which the parish has already sanctioned by the sale of certain rents applicable to parochial objects, by monies received as compensation for insurance, by the sale of old materials, and from other sources; and that, from the nature of the several arrangements necessary for effecting the proposed improvement, and particularly from the circumstance of the Petitioners, the Feoffees of Roan's Charity, being (according to the strict construction of their powers as Trustees) unable legally and safely to alien any part of the Charity Estates for the before-mentioned purposes, or to concur in the projected measures, the desirable objects in contemplation for the benefit of the town, and consequently of the Charity, cannot be carried into effect without the aid and authority of Parliament; and that the Petitioners, the said Feoffees, being of opinion that it would also tend to benefit the Charity, are desirous of obtaining the enactment of certain legislative powers and provisions, with respect to the letting and otherwise disposing of the Charity Estates generally, and with respect to the general management and application of the rents and profits of the said estates, so as to make the same more valuable and effective in fulfilling the intentions of the charitable donors thereof; and that, owing to the supposed impracticability of effecting the said improvement, as before mentioned, the time within which a Petition for a Bill for effecting the purposes aforesaid should have been presented to the House has been suffered to elapse; and unless the House will be pleased to relax the Standing Orders on this occasion upon the grounds before stated, the projected improvement, so beneficial to the town of Greenwich, to the public generally, and to the Charity, of which the Petitioners are Trustees, must be abandoned, as engagements have been entered into for the reinstatement of the buildings and letting the same on lease, which cannot be delayed until the ensuing Session of Parliament; and praying, That leave may be given to present a Petition for leave to bring in a Bill for effecting the purposes aforesaid.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Sir Edward Knatchbull, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Petitions against North Level Drainage Bill.

A Petition of Noblemen, and of Proprietors of estates in the parish of Newborough, in the county of Northamption;-of Proprietors of estates in the said parish; -of Proprietors of lands lying within the hamlet of Sutton Saint James, in the county of Lincoln, on the north side of the South Eau Bank, and on the north and north west sides of Shire Drain;-of Owners and Proprietors of estates in the hamlet of Sutton Saint Edmund's, in the county of Lincoln;-of Proprietors of lands lying in certain fields in the parish of Tid Saint Mary's, in the county of Lincoln, called by the names of Rippingale Field, Chapel Field and Tilney Field, and in part of a certain other field, in the said parish of Tid Saint Mary's, called Dunton Field;-and, of Commissioners under the Acts for draining and preserving certain Lands and Grounds in the Parishes of Tid Saint Giles and Newton, in the Isle of Ely, in the county of Cambridge, and in Tid Saint Mary's Fen, in the county of Lincoln, and being also Owners and Proprietors of estates in the parishes and Fen aforesaid,-were presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for improving the Drainage of the Lands lying in the North Level, part of the Great Level of Fens called Bedford Level, and in Great Portsand, in the Manor of Crowland, and for providing a Navigation between Clows Cross and the Nene Outfall Cut; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

And the said Petitions were ordered to be referred to the Committee on the Bill, and that the Petitioners be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents upon their Petitions, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petitions.

Gainsburgh and East Retford Road Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for more effectually repairing and improving the Road from the West end of Gainsburgh Bridge to East Retford, and to Gringley-on-the-Hill, in the County of Nottingham, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Admiral Sotheron do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Barnwell Tithes Bill, reported.

Lord Viscount Stopford reported from the Committee on the Bill to commute for Lands and a Corn Rent, the ancient Compositions in lieu of Tithes and Glebe Lands, payable to the Rector of the Parish of Barnwell Saint Andrew, with Barnwell All Saints annexed, in the County of Northampton; That they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true, and that the parties concerned had given their consent to the Bill to the satisfaction of the Committee; and that they had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

Deddithorpe Inclosure Bill, committed.

A Bill for dividing, allotting and inclosing, and for exonerating from Tithes, Lands within the Township or Hamlet of Deddithorpe otherwise Derrythorpe, in the Parish of Althorpe, in the Isle of Axholme, in the County of Lincoln, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Chaplin, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Petitions against Broomielaw (Glasgow) Railway and Tunnel Bill.

A Petition of The Glasgow Gas Light Company; and of Proprietors and Owners of houses and grounds on the estate of Blythswood, adjoining the city of Glasgow, were presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for making a Railway and Tunnel from the Broomielaw Harbour of Glasgow, to communicate with the Canals and Railways passing by or terminating at the higher Levels towards the North and North-east of the said City of Glasgow; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

And the said Petitions were ordered to be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents upon their Petitions, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petitions.

Petition against Garscube and Possil Road Bill.

A Petition of Proprietors of land and Manufacturers within the ancient royalty of Glasgow, situated to the northward of the tollbar on the Road leading from Glasgow to the Milnford of Garscube, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for maintaining and repairing the Road leading from the City of Glasgow, through Cowcaddens, to the North end of the Bridge over that part of the River of Kelvin called the Milnford of Garscube, and for making, repairing and maintaining certain other Roads in the Counties of Lanark, Stirling and Dumbarton; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents upon their Petition, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petition.

Petition against Garnkirk Railway and Keppoch Road Bill.

A Petition of the Company of Proprietors of the Monkland Navigation, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for amending certain Acts for making the Glasgow and Garnkirk Railway, and for improving, maintaining and rendering Turnpike the Road leading from the said Railway near Broomhill, by Keppoch Bridge, to the Town Head of Glasgow; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents upon their Petition, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petition.

Petition against Broomielaw (Glasgow) Railway and Tunnel Bill, referred.

The House was moved, That the Petition of the Company of Proprietors of the Monkland Navigation, incorporated by Act of Parliament, which was presented to the House upon Friday last, praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against the Bill for making a Railway and Tunnel from the Broomielaw Harbour of Glasgow, to communicate with the Canals and Railways passing by or terminating at the higher Levels towards the North and North-east of the said City of Glasgow, might be read; and the same being read;

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents upon their Petition, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petition.

Port Glasgow Harbour Bill, committed.

A Bill for improving the Harbour of Port Glasgow, constructing a Wet Dock or Wet Docks adjacent thereto, and for altering the Road leading from Port Glasgow to Glasgow, near the said Harbour, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Archibald Campbell, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Caxton Inclosure Bill, committed.

A Bill for inclosing and exonerating from Tithes, Lands in the Parish of Caxton, in the County of Cambridge, was read a second time; and committed to Lord Charles Manners, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Carlisle and Penrith Road Bill, committed.

A Bill for more effectually repairing the Road from Carlisle to Penrith, and from Penrith to Eamont Bridge, in the County of Cumberland, was read a second time; and committed to Sir James Graham, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Wendover Road Bill, presented.

Sir Thomas Fremantle presented a Bill for more effectually repairing and improving the Road from Wendover to the Town of Buckingham, in the County of Buckingham: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Brechfâ Road Bill, reported.

Mr. Rice Trevor reported from the Committee on the Bill for more effectually amending, improving and maintaining the Road leading from Nantgaredig to the Town of Carmarthen, and from Brechfâ to Llansawel, in the County of Carmarthen; That they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

Neroche Forest Inclosure Bill, reported.

Mr. Rice Trevor, by Order, reported from the Committee on the Bill for inclosing the Forest of Roach otherwise Roche otherwise Neroach otherwise Neroche, in the Parishes of Broadway, Bickenhall, Beercrocombe, Ilton, Barrington, Ashill, Ilminster, Whitelackington, Curland, Donyatt, Isle-Abbots, Hatchbeauchamp, and the Tithing of Domett, in the Parish of Buckland Saint Mary, or some or one of them, in the County of Somerset; and to whom the Petition of George Acland Barbor, Esquire, Lord of the Manor of Curry Rivell, in the county of Somerset, was referred; That the Standing Orders relative to Bills of Inclosure, had been complied with; and that they had considered the said Petition; and had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and that the Parties concerned had given their consent to the Bill, to the satisfaction of the Committee; and that they had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Report was brought up, and read.

Ordered, That the Report do lie upon the Table.

Report of St. Katharine Dock Bill, considered.

A Motion being made, That the Report, which, upon the 11th day of this instant March, was made from the Committee on the Bill to amend and alter two several Acts passed in the 6th and 10th years of the reign of His present Majesty, for making and constructing certain Wet Docks, Warehouses and other Works, in the Parish of Saint Botolph-without-Aldgate, and in the Parish or Precinct of Saint Katharine, near the Tower of London, in the County of Middlesex, and for enlarging and extending the Powers and Provisions of the said Acts, be now taken into further consideration:-And the House being informed that Printed Copies of the Bill, as amended by the Committee, were delivered at the door to the Members of the House upon Friday the 19th day of this instant March, pursuant to the Standing Order;

Ordered, That the Report be now taken into further consideration:-The House accordingly proceeded to take the Report into further consideration; and the Amendments made by the Committee to the Bill being read a second time, were agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

Petitions against Glasgow Royalty Extension Bill.

A Petition of the Convener, Trades Baillies, Collector, Deacons and Visitor of the fourteen Incorporated Trades, and other ordinary and extraordinary Members of the Trades-house;-of the Incorporation of Hammermen;- of the Incorporation of Tailors;-of the Incorporation of Cordiners;-of the Incorporation of Masons;-and, of the Incorporation of Dyers and Bonnet-makers of the city of Glasgow,-were presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for extending the Royalty of the City of Glasgow over the Lands of Blythswood and adjacent Lands, and for amending the Acts relating to the Police of the said City; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

And the said Petitions were ordered to be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents upon their Petitions, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petitions.

Swansea Gas Bill, reported.

Lord James Stuart reported from the Committee on the Bill for better lighting with Gas the Town of Swansea, in the County of Glamorgan; and to whom the Petition of Henry Sockett, Esquire, an Inhabitant of the town of Swansea, in the county of Glamorgan, and a Commissioner for executing the Act thereinafter mentioned, was referred; That they had considered the said Petition; and had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

Petitions against Haymarket Removal Bill.

A Petition of Anthony Barto' Valle, of the Haymarket, Esquire;-of John Powell, of James-street, Haymarket; -of Land-owners, Farmers, Hay-salesmen, Livery-stable Keepers, Cow-keepers and others, residing in and near the metropolis;-and, of all the Licensed Victuallers in the Haymarket,-were presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for removing the Market at present held for the Sale of Hay and Straw from the Haymarket, and for establishing Markets for the Sale of Hay, Straw and other Articles in York Square, Clarence Gardens, and Cumberland Market, in the Parish of Saint Pancras, in the County of Middlesex; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

And the said Petitions were ordered to be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents upon their Petitions, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petitions.

Petitionsagainst Renewal of East India Charter.

A Petition of Inhabitants of the Clothing District of Guisley, in the county of York;-of Gentry, Merchants, Manufacturers and others of the town of Barnard Castle, in the county of Durham and its vicinity;-of Charles Scott Deacon and Thomas Taylor, Boxmaster of the Wright Incorporation of Perth;-of Inhabitants of Chorley, in the county of Lancaster;-of Merchants, Manufacturers and other Inhabitants of the city of Perth;-and, of the Lord Provost, Magistrates and Town Council of the city and royal burgh of Perth,-were presented, and read; praying the House to remove the restrictions with which the Commerce of this country to India is at present fettered, and to throw open the Trade to China under such regulations as to the House may seem proper.

And the said Petitions were ordered to be referred to the Select Committee on East India Company's Affairs.

Accounts and Papers, ordered: Insolvent Debtors.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a List of all the Fees allowed to be taken by the Provisional Assignee, Brokers, Messengers, and other officers of the Court for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors in England; and the aggregate amount of each of such Fees received in the year 1814, and in the year 1829; stating the share of Fees received by the Provisional Assignee, and by each of the other officers of the Court respectively, in each of the above years.

Lottery Office.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the length of service of William Dacres. Adams, and each of the other persons named in the Minute of Council of 8th December 1829, as entitled to Retired Allowances; stating the date of Entry into the Lottery Establishment, and the date of Abolition of office; the amount of Salary and Allowances whilst employed in that office; the present Age of each person, and whether he holds any and what other offices or employment, and what the salary and allowances of such office or employment were in the past year; also, whether any of these persons are entitled to, or in the receipt of, any Half Pay, Retired, or Superannuated Allowances from any other department, Civil or Military.

Ships.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the Number of Ships which have passed the Sound during each of the years 1827, 1828 and 1829; distinguishing the respective Nations to which the same belonged.

Corn and Meal.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the amount of Revenue received on the importation of Foreign Corn and Meal in each of the years since 1815; distinguishing the amount of Grain and Meal from the British North American Colonies;-stating also, the aggregate number of quarters of Foreign Corn and Meal of all sorts imported; distinguishing the number of quarters that paid Duty in each year.

Grain.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the quantity of Foreign Wheat, Barley, Rye, Peas, Beans, Oats and other Grain, and of Wheat Flour and Meal admitted into consumption in Great Britain, agreeable to the Act 9 Geo. 4, c. 60; stating the Average Prices on which the Duties were imposed, the rates of Duty charged, the quantity upon which charged, and the amount of Duty actually received on each kind of Grain, Meal and Flour (with a Summary of the same), from 28th February 1829 to 28th February 1830.

Army-Full Pay, &c.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the Number of Officers on the Full and on the Half Pay of the Army of the United Kingdom on 25th March in each year, since 1822 to 1829, and on 25th January 1830, and the Total of both; distinguishing the numbers of each rank.

Half Pay and Superannuations.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the several Amounts paid in each year since 10th January 1826, for Half Pay and Retired Superannuated Allowances; distinguishing the amounts under separate heads and separate departments.

Military College.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the Number of Gentlemen who have been appointed from the Military College in each year, from 25th January 1821 to 25th January 1830; distinguishing the number by purchase and the number without; also, a Return of the Average Number of Cadets at the Military College, and the Total Expense of the College in each of these years.

Vacant Commissions.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the Number of Commissions in the Army vacant without purchase, in consequence of deaths, removals, or resignations, between 25th January 1828, and 25th January 1830; distinguishing those which have been filled from the Half Pay.

First Commissions.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the Total Number of Gentlemen who have been appointed to First Commissions in Regiments of Cavalry, Foot Guards, and Infantry, of the line; of promotion of Cornets, Second Lieutenants, and Ensigns, to be Lieutenants; of Lieutenants to be Captains; of Captains to be Majors; and of Majors to be Lieutenant-Colonels; distinguishing the Number of each rank, from 25th January 1828 to 25th January 1830, whether with or without purchase; and the Total, including the purchase of Unattached or Half-Pay Commissions.

Sale of Commissions.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of all Officers who have sold their Retired, Full-Pay, or Half-Pay Commissions; specifying their Names, Rank, when they obtained their first Commission as Ensign or Cornet, and when placed upon Half Pay, and of what Corps; whether they purchased any and how many of their Commissions, and how long they served in each rank; ince the Return dated Horse Guards, 31st March 1828.

Artillery.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of all Officers of the Royal Artillery, late Royal Irish Artillery, and late King's German Artillery, who sold their Retired, Full-Pay, or Half-Pay Commissions; specifying their Names, Rank, when they obtained their first Commissions as Second Lieutenant, and when placed on Half Pay, whether they purchased any and how many of their Commissions, and how long they served in each rank; since the Return dated Deputy Adjutant General's Office, Woolwich, 17th March 1828.

Marines.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of all Officers of the Royal Marines who have sold their Retired, Full-Pay or Half-Pay Commissions; specifying their Names, Rank, when they obtained their first Commissions as Second Lieutenant, and when placed on Half Pay, whether they purchased any and how many of their Commissions, and how long they served in each rank: since the Return dated Admiralty Office, 18th March 1828.

Unattached Commissions.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of all Officers who have purchased Unattached Commissions in succession, to those who have sold their Retired, Full-Pay, or Half-Pay Commissions; specifying their Names and Rank, when they obtained their first Commissions in the Army as Ensign or Cornet, whether they purchased any and how many of their Commissions, and how long they served in each rank; since the Return dated Horse Guards, 31st March 1828.

Brevet Rank.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of all Officers holding Brevet Rank higher than their Regimental Rank, who have been allowed, under the General Order of the 25th April 1826, to retire upon Unattached Commissions on Half Pay of the effective rank above what they held regimentally; stating their Names, Rank, when they obtained their first Commission as Ensign or Cornet, and in what corps, and when allowed to retire; whether they purchased any and how many of their Commissions, and how long they served in each rank, and whether, since their last retirement to Half Pay, they have been again brought on the strength of the Army, and in what regiment or corps; since the Return dated Horse Guards, 31st March 1828.

Brevet Rank (Artillery.)

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of all Officers of the Royal Artillery holding Brevet Rank higher than their Regimental Commissions, who have been allowed, under the General Order of 25th April 1826, to retire upon Unattached Commissions upon Half Pay of the effective rank, above what they held regimentally; stating their Names, Rank, when they obtained their first Commission as Second Lieutenant, and when allowed to retire; how long they served in each rank, and whether since their last retirement to Half-Pay they have been brought on the strength of the Army; and in what regiment or corps; since the return dated Deputy Adjutant General's Office, Woolwich, 17th March 1828.

Brevet Rank (Marines.)

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of all Officers of the Royal Marines holding Brevet Rank higher than their Regimental Commissions, who have been allowed, under the General Order of 25th April 1826, to retire upon Unattached Commissions upon Half Pay of the effective rank, above what they held regimentally; stating their Names, Rank, when they obtained their first Commissions as Second Lieutenants, and when allowed to retire; how long they served in each rank, and whether since their last retirement to Half Pay they have been brought on the strength of the corps; since the return, dated Admiralty Office, 18th March 1828.

Half-Pay Commissions.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the Money, received from the Sale of Retired, Full-Pay and Half-Pay Commissions, under the orders of 2d May 1825 and 25th April 1826, since the Return dated Horse Guards, 31st March 1828, with an Abstract of the whole amount received since the General Orders of May 1825.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the Number of Commissions in the Army, of each rank, which have been purchased, and the Half or Retired Pay of the same cancelled; stating the years in which they were purchased, and the amount of purchase money paid for each rank; stating the principle on which the purchases have been made, and an Estimate of the saving to the public by such purchase; stating also from what funds the purchase money has been paid.

Address respecting Pensions in the Colonies.

Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, that He will be graciously pleased to give directions, that there be laid before this House, a Return of all Pensions, Retired and Superannuated Allowances, granted to Persons for Service in the Colonies, or connected with the Colonies, in the Revenue, Civil, or Military Departments, since 1815; stating the Name, the Office he held, the Date of retiring, the length of Service in the Office from which he retired, the Pay and Emoluments he received, the Age at which he retired, and the cause of his retiring, and from what Fund the Pension is paid.

Ordered, That the said Address be presented to His Majesty, by such Members of this House as are of His Majesty's most honourable Privy Council.

Petition for repeal of Malt and Beer Duties.

A Petition of Land-owners, Clergy and Occupiers of land in the hundred of Cosford, in the county of Suffolk, was presented, and read; praying, That the House will be pleased to repeal entirely the Duties upon Malt, which will enable the labourers to brew for themselves good and wholesome Beer, or induce the Brewers to provide them with a better and cheaper beverage than they now can do under the existing Duties upon Malt.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petitions complaining of Agricultural Distress.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Mendlesham, in the county of Suffolk;-of Merchants, Manufacturers and other Inhabitants of Manchester;-and, of Owners and Occupiers of land in the parish of Stanwix, in the county of Cumberland,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Cultivators of land are placed in such circumstances as to be no longer able to dispose of their productions to advantage, and, without something be done by the House to meet existing difficulties, the Petitioners must be brought to the utter brink of ruin; the Petitioners entreat the House to give undivided attention to the means of relieving them by the simplification and equitable application of the Poor Laws, by an expansion of the Currency, by an increase of duty on Foreign Wool, and by a more equitable adjustment of the Corn Laws; these constitute the prominent and overwhelming grievances which paralyze every resisting effort of the Farmer; the Petitioners therefore beg that the House will take these Laws into consideration, with a view to their repeal or revision, and adopt such measures as may tend effectually to alleviate the evils of which they have presumed to complain.

And the said Petitions were ordered to lie upon the Table; and to be printed.

The Lords have agreed to.

A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Cross and Mr. Trower:

Mr. Speaker,

The Lords have agreed to the several Bills following, without any Amendment; viz.

Longtown Road Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for more effectually repairing the Roads to and from Longtown, and certain other Roads communicating therewith, in the County of Cumberland:

Kingston Inclosure Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for inclosing Lands in the Parishes of Kingston near Lewes, and Iford, in the County of Sussex:-And then the Messengers withdrew.

Petitions for mitigating the severity of the Criminal Law.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Rochdale and its vicinity; -of Members of the Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers, on behalf of themselves and of the other members of that Society in Ireland;-and, of Clergy, Shipowners, Merchants, Solicitors, &c. of North Shields, in the county of Northumberland,-were presented, and read; praying the House to abolish the punishment of death for crimes against property, and to affix such punishments only as will admit of their being uniformly enforced, in order that the commission of crime may derive no encouragement from the hope of impunity, and that our laws may no longer do violence to the kind feelings of those who seek or those who administer justice.

And the said Petitions were ordered to lie upon the Table; and to be printed.

Address for Prices of Foreign Corn.

Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, that He will be graciously pleased to give directions, that there be laid before this House, a Return of Accounts received at the Foreign Office from His Majesty's Consuls abroad, relative to the Prices of Foreign Corn during the year 1829.

Ordered, That the said Address be presented to His Majesty, by such Members of this House as are of His Majesty's most honourable Privy Council.

Petition for Bounty on Export of Lead.

A Petition of the Royal Irish Mining Company was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners were incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1824, for the purpose of working the Irish Mines; that the sum of 30,000 l. has been expended on such works; that employment has been given by the Company during the last six years to a great number of persons; that, owing to the depreciation of the value of lead, it has been found necessary to dismiss a number of the miners; and that further reduction of the works, if not a total abandonment, must take place, if some remedy be not devised by the House, either by granting a bounty on the export of Lead, or by such other means as may seem fit.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table.

Petition respecting Welsh Judicature.

A Petition of Robert Bell Price, high sheriff of the county of Radnor, chairman of a meeting of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the said county, agreed upon at a meeting held on the 9th day of March 1830, was presented, and read; setting forth, That they have with pleasure and gratitude seen the various improvements which from time to time have been made in the administration of justice in this kingdom; that they are also thankful for the inquiry which has been made into the constitution and practice of the Courts of Great Sessions within the Principality; that they are sensible the system of judicature, as established in the Principality in the reigns of King Henry the Eighth and Queen Elizabeth, may, from those changes which time constantly operates on all human arrangements and affairs, have become defective and capable of improvement in some part of it; but they beg respectfully to represent they should consider the abolition of the Courts of Great Session, and the removal of the administration of the Civil and Criminal Justice of that county to Hereford, as recommended by the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the proceedings and practice of the Superior Courts of Law, as a great and serious misfortune, since the attainment of justice will thereby be rendered to the inhabitants of that county less easy, less expeditious, and more expensive than at present; that, although they feel no apprehension in trusting their interests to the Legislature, nor any desire impertinently to interfere on such an occasion, yet they cannot help considering the Principality would be much benefited by the old Judicial Constitution being continued, with such improvements as may seem necessary to the wisdom of the House, humbly and respectfully observing, that Judges of Circuits, as in England, Judges, forbidden to act as barristers in other Courts, and excluded from sitting in Parliament, and Judges, appointed with a more liberal salary and a proper retiring pension, after a certain period, would not only essentially improve the present Courts of Great Sessions, but are essentially necessary to the full and perfect administration of Justice within the Principality; that they respectfully entreat the indulgent consideration of the House, to the object of the Petition, and then will, as in duty bound, for ever feel indebted to the House.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petition complaining of Removal of Pig Market (Dublin)

A Petition of Patrick M'Dermott, John Martin and Miles M'Dermott, of Smithfield, in the city of Dublin, pig factors, was presented, and read; complaining of the removal of the Pig Market in Dublin to May-lane; and setting forth, That the Petitioners, to their great individual loss, discontinued to transact any business as pig factors, until the entrance of Alderman Alexander Montgomery into the office of Lord Mayor, which was in the month of September in the year 1828, when the Petitioners and the Public returned to the public Cattle Market of Smithfield, in order to resume their business therein; but he was as disposed as his predecessors to uphold the speculation, and by the employment of the police drove thereout the Public and the Petitioners, and compelled them to resort to these concerns in May-lane; and that thus the question remained until the year 1829, when Alderman Jacob West, the present Lord Mayor of the city of Dublin, entered into office, and the Petitioners applied to him for permission to return to and trade in the public Cattle Market of Smithfield, but with which application he positively refused to comply; further stating the particulars of their case; and praying, That the House will compel Alderman Jacob West, the present Lord Mayor of Dublin, to answer the matter of this Petition at the bar of the House, and that they will institute a parliamentary inquiry into this subject.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petition respecting Office of Coal Meter (Dublin.)

A Petition of Stephen Fox Dickson, Coal Meter of the city of Dublin, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner purchased the appointment of Coal Meter in October 1819, paying to the Guild of Merchants upwards of 30l., and to a retired Meter upwards of 200l., out of the Petitioner's earnings; stating the particulars of his case; and praying the House to take into their serious consideration the defective state of the laws which regulate the Coal Meter's establishment of Dublin, the expediency of giving better security to the Crown, the public, and the effective officers, against the abuses and oppressions practised in the said establishment, and that the House may be pleased to grant such relief as may seem meet.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table.

Petition against Surrey Coal Meters Bill.

A Petition of Thomas Bradfield, of Derby-street Parliament-street, Westminster, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill to continue an Act passed in the ninth year of His present Majesty's reign, to enable His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Surrey to nominate and appoint two or more Persons to act as principal Land Coal Meters within and for the several Places therein mentioned; and praying, That the same may not pass in a law as it now stands.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Select Committee on the Coal Trade.

Petition respecting Freeholders Votes (Ireland.)

A Petition of John Boyle, of the city of Cork, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the frivolous and vexatious impediments to which freeholders are subject, on giving their votes at Elections, render their suffrages in corporate towns almost inoperative; that at an Election at present going on in the city of Cork one of the candidates has a vast majority of the freeholders in his interest, but from the questions raised for the purpose of delay, as to the validity of every freehold, one-tenth of them will not be polled within the given time for the Election, while his opponent, whose strength is in the freemen, is polling off with facility; that the Petitioner respectfully submits to the House the justice and expediency of obviating this, to the end that one description of elector may be polled off with the same facility as the other.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petitions for repeal of Subletting Act (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of the parish of Carrickbegg, -and, of Dysart, in the county of Waterford,-were presented, and read; reciting the Act 7 Geo. 4, c. 29, to amend the Law of Ireland respecting the Assignment and Sub-letting of Lands and Tenements in Ireland; and praying the House to repeal the same.

And the said Petitions were ordered to lie upon the Table.

Petitions for repeal of Parish Vestries Act (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of the Parish of Carrickbegg, in the county of Waterford;-and, of Roman Catholic Inhabitants of the parish of Glenalvy, in the county of Meath,-were presented, and read; reciting the Act 7 Geo. 4, c. 72, for the Regulation of Parish Vestries in Ireland; and praying, That the same may be repealed.

And the said Petitions were ordered to lie upon the Table; and that the last be printed.

Petition complaining of Abuses in the Elective Representation of Athlone.

A Petition of Merchants, Traders and other Inhabitants of Athlone, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the population of Athlone appears, by a census lately returned to the House, to be fourteen thousand, and, including the suburbs, which are in the Borough, the population may be rated at eighteen thousand; that the Burgesses and Freemen of the Corporation appear, by returns which they have furnished the House, to be about seventy, of which number the Petitioners (although residents) are not cognizant of more than eighteen residents, the Petitioners never having had, in one instance, an opportunity of otherwise ascertaining the real state of the Corporation; that the Petitioners, being in trade and commerce, conceived they had a right to be admitted to the freedom of the said Borough, as the law especially contemplated the introduction of such persons into Corporations, and the spirit of the charters under which said Corporation derives, intended such persons should be the electors, and should enjoy its franchises and dignities; that therefore the Petitioners did apply, by written demand, to said Corporation, for their freedom, individually, to which application said Corporation returned no answer, and the Petitioners, from the uncertain state of the law on the point, could not, without great expense and risk, seek a remedy in the law courts against said Corporation; that persons who are not in trade or commerce, as also dependents and menials, are at present members of the Corporation, and that a majority of those have been and are non-resident, while the Petitioners who are in trade and commerce, and residents, are by the above-mentioned persons excluded from their proper share in the Corporation, and deprived of their freedom and municipal rights, to the great detriment of the Petitioners, and degradation of the said Borough; that in consequence of the dependent state of said Burgesses and Freemen, the Petitioners solemnly assert, that they believe the Borough to have been sold from the time of the union of England, and Ireland (some of Athlone's representatives never having seen that town) until the present Member was elected, since which time he, to the great annoyance of said Petitioners, calls himself their Representative, although he is but the representative of the Burgesses and Freemen before alluded to, and has voted, and continues to vote, against their wishes and interests, and is in no way qualified to represent them; the Petitioners further beg to press upon the attention of the House, that the present Member has not one inch of property in said town which could give a colour of excuse to such usurpation; the Petitioners submit, that by a law lately passed, regulating and abridging the Elective Franchise for counties in Ireland, the number of voters is reduced to less than one-fifth of their original amount, and the Petitioners respectfully suggest that some counterpoise ought, in justice to the people of Ireland, to be conceded them in the elective franchise for Boroughs; the Petitioners therefore entreat the House to grant them relief from their municipal oppressors, and they respectfully solicit it to give them the legitimate influence of rank and property, by conferring the right of voting for their Representative on men who have property enough to entitle them, and education enough to appreciate and defend the privileges of the British Constitution.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petition for establishment of a College of Pharmacy in Dublin.

A Petition of Licentiate Apothecaries of the county of Clare, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners beg to state that abuses are practised in the different towns of that county by unqualified persons professing to practise the business of an Apothecary, to the imminent danger of the lives of His Majesty's subjects; applications were made to the Governor and Company of Apothecaries Hall, complaining of those abuses, to which they have shown the greatest apathy and indifference, and have not, as the Petitioners verily believe, taken any measures to correct them; the Petitioners beg further to state, that they do not desire to interfere with the pecuniary concerns of Apothecaries Hall, but humbly hope that the House will be pleased, before granting additional powers to the said Corporation, to institute an inquiry into the state of the Profession in Ireland, and that in future the Court of Examiners be elected by the general body of Licentiate Apothecaries throughout the Kingdom, that the system of education be enlarged, and, for more effectually promoting the interests of science, that an institution be formed in the city of Dublin, to be called The Royal Irish College of Pharmacy, to which the regulative powers of Apothecaries Hall be transferred; and praying, That they shall no longer be subject to the misrule of a trading corporation, consisting of but twenty-nine practising Apothecaries, in whose election they have no voice, and whose interests are entirely opposed to them.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petition against further Grant to Kildare-Place Society.

A Petition of Inhabitants of the parish of Borris, in the county of Carlow, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners with the most profound respect approach the House, and wish to inform them of the useless expenditure of the money granted for the education of the Poor of Ireland, and placed at the disposal of the KildarePlace Society; that the members of the above-named Society, each year previously to their application for a renewal of the parliamentary grant, publish a Report, in which the number of scholars said to be in attendance is greatly exaggerated, and the number of schools in which masters and mistresses are reported to attend is nearly doubled; that the public have not the least confidence in this Society, and, notwithstanding the great and universal anxiety of the people to educate their children, they would prefer having the little ones grow up in ignorance, sooner than commit them to the care of this Society, which has repeatedly suffered their dangerous regulations to be violated in schools under their care; that no person, from reading the rules of the Society, can from an adequate idea of the many objections which Roman Catholics must have against sending their children to schools supported by the Society; each school has its patron, and the prejudice of this patron, or the whim of his enthusiastic wife or foolish daughter, is more strictly adhered to than the orders of the Society; that in schools in that neighbourhood, members of the patron's family insisted on the children committing to memory passages of the Testament, to be repeated to the said members, and not unfrequently commented on by them, who should have supported the regulations adopted by the Society; that some of the Petitioners, knowing the published regulations not to be observed, applied to the inspector sent down by the Society, the inspector gave for answer that he could not interfere with the patron; the parents of the children judging from this conduct, notwithstanding the professed liberality of the Society, that the consciences of their children were not free, withdrew the scholars from the Society's schools, and endeavoured in their poverty to find other means of education; that the Petitioners wish to inform the House that the Society got two large school-houses built in that neighbourhood, which cost at least 500£., one of these houses is now closed, and not more than twenty scholars attend the other; that the Petitioners earnestly press on the attention of the House the inutility of so liberal a grant for an object which will never be obtained by the present Education Society; that the Petitioners, with the most profound respect, suggest the propriety of disencumbering the education system of religion, by leaving the religious instruction to the parents and pastors of the children; that the great bulk of the people is unable, although most anxious, to educate their children, and are labouring under the most severe distress to build school-houses, entirely unconnected with the Kildare Society; that the Petitioners look forward with confidence to the House, the natural guardian of the people, hoping that they will adopt some salutary plan which will give the means of education to the poor, and secure the religious freedom of conscience.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petition respecting the Elective Franchise (Ireland.)

A Petition of Roman Catholic Inhabitants of the parishes of Dublin, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners most humbly entreat the House to take into its wise consideration the present state of the Peasantry of Ireland, in consequence of the abolition of the great constitutional privilege with which they were invested for the space of the last thirty-six years, and which contributed more than any other great legislative measure to raise them in the scale of society; the landlord respected the man whose vote enabled him to take his place in the Legislative Assembly of the Nation; the forty-shilling Freeholder, conscious of his political importance in the community, asserted an independence of mind, and an integrity of public conduct, to which no influence, however powerful, ecclesiastical or lay, hesitated to bend; for a long interval of time the forty-shilling Freeholders of Ireland were careless in the exercise of the great constitutional power with which they were invested; the candidates who offered themselves to their notice, were individuals for whom they had no particular predilection, but when the period arrived which put in motion the entire mind of the Nation, and directed its attention to the qualifications of those who sought its good opinion and confidence, then the forty-shilling Freeholders displayed a penetration of judgment, and a fearlessness of action, which commanded the respect and admiration of the British empire; they resisted the authority of their own days, in many instances, during the celebrated Elections for Clare and Waterford, and the power so long and so improperly exercised by the landlord over the tenant, vanished before the new-born spirit of the forty-shilling Freeholders; it was then and then alone those brave and disinterested people were deprived of their invaluable right to vote for the man who was to represent them in Parliament; they now are thrown aside as so much useless and unprofitable lumber, they are driven from their little farms to make way for the ten-pound Freeholders, and thus a starving and degraded population has been multiplied in Ireland to a most painful and alarming extent; such has been the effect of the abolition of the right to vote, enjoyed by the forty-shilling Freeholders of Ireland for the last thirty-six years, and why should not every man in the community, against whose moral character no charge can be brought, obedient and respectful to the laws and authorities under which they live, why such a man should be deprived of the most valuable right of a free citizen the Petitioners cannot discover a single good reason for; the House will therefore take into their consideration the justice of giving to every Irishman the right to vote for his Representative in Parliament, subject to the condition that such vote shall be given by ballot, the only mode which can effectually guard the Candidate against the unlimited expense now attendant on Elections, and the voters against the crimes of corruption and perjury.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petition for repeal of the Union with Ireland.

A Petition of Inhabitants and Freeholders of the town and county of the town of Drogheda, was presented to the House;

And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the said Petition be now read; and a Debate arising in the House thereupon;

A Motion was made, and the Question was proposed, That the Debate be adjourned till Wednesday next:- And the said Motion was, with leave of the House, withdrawn.

Ordered, That the said Petition be now read.

The said Petition was accordingly read; setting forth, That the experience of thirty years has fully impressed the Petitioners with the conviction that the Act of Union which united the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, is totally inadequate to effect the objects contemplated by that measure; for, instead of the great improvement in their manufactures, and prosperity of the agriculturists, with which the Petitioners were flattered by the delusive statements of the Parliamentary advocates of this measure, the Petitioners have to lament over the ruins of their staple manufacture, and the universal distress and poverty of the agriculturist, thereby producing such a mass of wretchedness and privation as could not be equalled in the whole world, these frightful results convincing the Petitioners that the Imperial Parliament has neither the leisure nor adequate knowledge of the state of Ireland to legislate wisely for that impoverished country; and to impress more strongly upon the House the necessity of repealing the Act of Union, the Petitioners humbly beg leave to lay before the House the legislative enactments of the Imperial Parliament, which the Petitioners have found peculiarly obnoxious and oppressive; the Petitioners therefore complain that the Sub-letting Act is so unjust in its enactments, and so injurious in its practical operation, that a local Legislature could not have succeeded in passing such a Bill into a Law; that the Vestry Bill is so unequal and unjust in its enactments, that a great portion of the wealth of the Kingdom is left at the disposal of an interested and small minority of the population, whose feelings and interests are at variance with the majority, and that consequently large sums are annually squandered at the parish vestries without consulting the wishes or interests of the people, who provide these large sums for parochial purposes; that the disfranchisement of the fortyshilling Freeholders, thereby destroying the only popular rights of the people, affords a complete proof that an Imperial Parliament does not in any way represent the Irish nation, and cannot, in its present state, legislate beneficially for the Petitioners; that the introduction of an armed police into every village of the kingdom, being eminently qualified to produce continual strifes and animosities, affords another proof of the unfitness of the Imperial Parliament to apply the proper remedies for the evils and miseries of Ireland; that the annual Parliamentary grants of enormous sums to the Kildare-street Society, in which sectarianism exclusively prevails, affords another strong proof of the unfitnesss of the Imperial Parliament to legislate for Ireland; the Petitioners beg leave further to state to the House, that the Imperial Parliament has neglected to redeem the pledge given at the period of the passing of the Act of Union, that the unjust and impolitic tax on coal should be taken off; and that the Imperial Parliament, although in full possession of the fact that the Irish Corporations trample upon the rights of the people, by the packing of Juries, collecting tolls to which they have no legal claim, and rioting in the immense trust estates in their possession, which in many cases ought to be applied for the support of the poor and improvement of the towns in which such Corporation estates are situated, have not found leisure to remove any of these abuses; and praying, the House to take such measures as will place the Kingdom of Ireland in that state of independence which a local Legislature will secure, thereby placing her on an equality only with the Provinces of Canada and Nova Scotia, and the numerous dependencies of the British Government in the West Indies.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table.

Petition against Watching, &c. Parishes Bill.

A Petition of the Minister, Churchwardens, Overseers, and other Inhabitants of the parish of Paddington, in the county of Middlesex, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill to make provision for the lighting, watching, cleansing and paving of Parishes in England and Wales, and praying, That the same may not pass into a law as it now stands.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table.

Petition for abolition of practice of burning Widows in India.

A Petition of the Society and Congregation of Protestant Dissenters, in Tewkesbury, of the Baptist denomination, was presented, and read; praying the House to adopt such further measures as may effectually secure the abolition of the practice in India of burning widows on the funeral piles of their husbands.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Address respecting Welsh Judicature.

Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, that He will be graciously pleased to give directions, that there be laid before this House, a Return of all Decrees and Orders; distinguishing Orders on Pleas, Demurrers, Motions, Petitions, and Further Directions made in suits in equity in each of the several Courts of Great Session in Wales, and in the Court of the Chamberlain of Chester, for the ten years last past, with the Names of the Causes, and stating in what County, and when such Decrees and Orders were made respectively, and how many of such Decrees and Orders were made by consent, and which of them have been signed, passed, and entered, and in how many of such suits, Evidence had been entered into, and in which of such suits Reports have been made and filed, and the Dates of such Reports, and in what County the Bill in each suit was filed.

Ordered, That the said Address be presented to His Majesty, by such Members of this House as are of His Majesty's most honourable Privy Council.

Petition for, repeal of Malt Duty.

A Petition of Owners and Occupiers of lands and Inhabitants of the hundred of South Erpingham, in the county of Norfolk, was presented, and read; setting forth, That amidst the various Taxes under which this Kingdom is oppressed, the removal of none (in the opinion and conviction of the Petitioners) would afford so much, such general and immediate, relief as the repeal of the Tax upon Malt; and praying the House to take such measures as will afford them that relief they now seek.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Leases of Lands (Ireland) Bill, presented. No. 170.

Lord Francis Leveson Gower presented a Bill to confirm certain Leases of Lands for the purposes of carrying on the Linen Manufacture of Ireland: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time upon Thursday next.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

Order for printing certain Papers, discharged.

The House was moved, that the Order made upon Friday last for printing Copies of the Correspondence relating to Charitable Establishments in Dublin, might be read; and the same being read;

Ordered, That the said Order be discharged.

Petition respecting Labourers Wages.

A Petition of Inhabitants of the town of Stroud and its vicinity, in the county of Gloucester, was presented, and read; praying the House to adopt such measures for effectually suppressing the practice of paying wages in truck, or otherwise than in money, as to the House shall seem meet.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

King's Message respecting the Appointment of additional Judges.

Mr. Secretary Peel acquainted the House, that he had a Message from His Majesty to this House, signed by His Majesty; and he presented the same to the House; and it was read by Mr. Speaker (all the Members of the House being uncovered); and is as followeth;

George R.

His Majesty having taken into consideration the Report made to His Majesty by the Commissioners appointed by His Majesty to inquire into the practice and course of proceeding in the superior Courts of Common Law, is desirous, with a view to improve and expedite the Administration of Justice in England and Wales, to be enabled to add to the number of Judges in the Superior Courts, and His Majesty relies on the liberality of this House to make those pecuniary allowances to such additional Judges which may be befitting to the dignity of the Judicial Office, and to the importance of the duties attached to it.

Address thereupon.

Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, to return His Majesty the Thanks of this House for His most gracious Message, and to assure His Majesty that this House will proceed to take the same into their serious consideration.

Ordered, That the said Address be presented to His Majesty, by such Members of this House as are of His Majesty's most honourable Privy Council.

King's Message to be considered.

Ordered, That His Majesty's most gracious Message be taken into consideration upon Monday next.

Administration of Justice Bill, presented. No. 171.

Mr. Attorney General presented a Bill for the more effectual Administration of Justice in England and Wales: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time upon Tuesday the 27th day of April next.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

Copies of Letters from East India Company, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Copy of a Letter from the Court of Directors of the East India Company to the Governor General in Council at Fort William in Bengal, in the Territorial Finance Department, dated 10th March 1830.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Copy of a Letter from the Court of Directors of the East India Company to the Governor in Council at Fort Saint George, in the Territorial Finance Department, dated 10th March 1830.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Copy of a Letter from the Court of Directors of the East India Company to the Governor in Council at Bombay, in the Territorial Finance Department, dated 10th March 1830.

Committee of Supply.

Ordered, That the Order of the day, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Supply granted to His Majesty, be now read; and the same being read;

Ordnance Estimates, referred.

Ordered, That the Estimates of the Charge of the Ordnance Department, Land and Sea Service (including Superannuated Allowances) for the year 1830, which were presented to the House upon the 5th day of this instant March, be referred to the Committee.

Then the House resolved itself into the Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Two hundred thousand pounds, be granted to His Majesty, towards defraying the expense of the Royal Regiment of Artillery for Great Britain, Ireland, and the Colonies, for the year 1830.

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding One hundred and eighty thousand and seventeen pounds eleven shillings and seven-pence, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Salaries of the Officers and the contingent Expenses of the Admiralty, Navy Pay, Navy and Victualling Offices, for the year 1830;

The said Motion was, with leave of the Committee, withdrawn.

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Fifty-two thousand two hundred and sixteen pounds five shillings and one penny, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Salaries of the Officers and the contingent Expenses of the Admiralty Office, for the year 1830;

Whereupon a Motion was made, and the Question being put, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Fifty thousand and six hundred and ninetysix pounds, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Salaries of the Officers and the contingent Expenses of the Admiralty Office, for the year 1830; the Committee divided;

Teller for the Yeas, Mr. Hume 90.
Teller for the Noes, Sir George Clerk 130.

Original Question put;

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Fifty-two thousand two hundred and sixteen pounds five shillings and one penny be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Salaries of the Officers and the contingent Expenses of the Admiralty Office, for the year 1830.

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Thirty-two thousand and thirty-three pounds one shilling and sixpence, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Salaries of the Officers and the contingent Expenses of the Navy Pay-Office, for the year 1830;

Whereupon a Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Thirty thousand eight hundred and thirty-three pounds one shilling and sixpence, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Salaries of the Officers and the Contingent Expenses of the Navy Pay-Office, for the year 1830;

The said Motion was, by leave of the Committee, withdrawn;

Then another Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Thirty-one thousand and four hundred and thirty-three pounds, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Salaries of the Officers, and the Contingent Expenses of the Navy Pay-Office for the year 1830.

Whereupon a Motion was made, and the Question being put, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Thirty thousand and thirty-three pounds, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Salaries of the Officers and the Contingent Expenses of the Navy Pay-Office for the year 1830; the Committee divided;

Teller for the Yeas, Mr. Hume 59.
Teller for the Noes, Mr. George Dawson 167.

And the Question being put, That it is the opinion of this Committee that a sum, not exceeding Thirty-one thousand and four hundred and thirty-three pounds, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Salaries of the Officers, and the Contingent Expenses of the Navy Pay-Office for the year 1830; it passed in the Negative.

Original Question put;

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Thirty-two thousand and thirtythree pounds one shilling and sixpence, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Salaries of the Officers and the Contingent Expenses of the Navy Pay-Office, for the year 1830.

Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair; and Sir Alexander Grant reported from the Committee, That they had come to several Resolutions, which they had directed him to to report to the House;

And the House having continued to sit till after twelve of the clock on Tuesday morning;

Martis, 23 die Martii, 1830:

Ordered, That the Report be received this day.

Sir Alexander Grant also acquainted the House, that he was directed by the Committee to move, That they may have leave to sit again.

Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow, again resolve itself into the said Committee.

Game Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill to consolidate and amend the Laws in England relative to Game, and to authorize the sale of Game;

Resolved, That this House will, upon Tuesday the 27th day of April next, resolve itself into the said Committee.

Ecclesiastical Leases (Ireland) Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill to amend the Laws respecting the Leasing Powers of Bishops and Ecclesiastical Corporations in Ireland;

Resolved, That this House will, upon Friday next, resolve itself into the said Committee.

Report Supply (19 March), deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for receiving the Report from the Committee of the whole House of Friday last, to whom it was referred to consider further of the Supply granted to His Majesty;

Ordered, That the Report be received this day.

Smugglers Families Maintenance Bill, passed.

The ingrossed Bill for the relief of Parishes from the expenses of maintaining the wives and families of men convicted under the Laws for the prevention of Smuggling, and sentenced to serve His Majesty in His Naval Service, was, according to Order, read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Lord George Lennox do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Ways and Means, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the Supply granted to His Majesty;

Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow, resolve itself into the said Committee.

Galway Franchise Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill to repeal so much of an Act passed in Ireland, in the fourth year of the reign of King George the First, for the better regulating the Town of Galway, and for strengthening the Protestant Interest therein, as limits the Franchise created by the said Act to Protestants only;

Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow, resolve itself into the said Committee.

Illusory Appointments Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the third reading of the ingrossed Bill to alter and amend the Law relating to Illusory Appointments;

Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time this day.

Committee on Indemnity Bill.

The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill to indemnify such Persons in the United Kingdom as have omitted to qualify themselves for Offices and Employments, and for extending the Time limited for those purposes respectively; and to permit such Persons in Great Britain as have omitted to make and file Affidavits of the execution of Indentures of Clerks to Attornies and Solicitors to make and file the same, and to allow Persons to make and file such Affidavits, although the Persons whom they served shall have neglected to take out their annual Certificates; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair; and Sir Alexander Grant reported from the Committee, That they had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto.

Ordered, That the Report be received this day.

Fisheries Bill ordered.

The House was moved, That the Act 59 Geo. 3, c. 109, for the further Encouragement and Improvement of the Irish Fisheries, might be read; and the same was read.

The House was also moved, That the Act 1 Geo. 3, c. 82, to amend an Act of the fifty-ninth year of the reign of his late Majesty King George the Third, for the Encouragement and Improvement of the Irish Fisheries, might be read; and the same was read.

The House was also moved, That the Act 10 Geo. 4, c. 33, to amend the several Acts for the Encouragement of the Irish Fisheries, might be read; and the same being read;

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to continue for a time to be limited the several Acts for the encouragement and improvement of the British and Irish Fisheries: And that Lord Francis Leveson Gower and Sir George Hill do prepare, and bring it in.

Account of Corn Averages, withdrawn.

Notice being taken, that the Account of the Average Prices of Corn per quarter in England and Wales for ten years, ending December 1829, in periods of five years, and showing the Price of each year, which was presented to the House upon the 17th day of this instant March, was imperfect;

Ordered, That the Order for printing the said Account be discharged.

Another ordered. No. 167. presented.

Ordered, That the said Account be withdrawn; and a perfect Account presented instead thereof.

Mr. George Dawson accordingly presented to the House the said Account.

Ordered, That the said Account do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

And then the House, having continued to sit till one of the clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.