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House of Commons Journal Volume 85: 18 May 1830

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Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 85, 1830. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, [n.d.].

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Martis, 18 die Maii; Anno 11 Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.

PRAYERS.

Richmond Bridge Cash Account, presented.

THE House being informed that Mr. Smith, from the Commissioners of Richmond Bridge, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to the directions of an Act of Parliament, -Richmond Bridge Cash Account, 1829:-And then he withdrew.

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

Account of Watch Cases stamped, presented. No. 422.

The House being informed that Mr. Lane, from Goldsmiths' Hall, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to their Order,-An Account of Gold and Silver Watch Cases stamped at Goldsmiths' Hall, London, from 1814 to 1829, both inclusive:-And then he withdrew.

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

Returns, &c. presented: Military and Naval Officers. No. 423.

The House being informed that Mr. Barker, 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 Return of the Names and Rank, and yearly or other Pay, Allowances and Emoluments (specifying the sources from which they are derived) of all Military and Naval Officers holding Civil or Official Situations; distinguishing such as are on Half or Full Pay, so far as relates to the Admiralty, Navy Pay and Navy Offices.

A Return of the Names and Rank, and yearly or other Pay, Allowances and Emoluments (specifying the sources from which they are derived) of all Military and Naval Officers holding Civil or Official Situations; distinguishing such as are on Half or Full Pay, so far as relates to the Victualling Office.

A Return of the Names and Rank, and yearly or other Pay, Allowances and Emoluments, and the sources from which they are derived, of all Officers of the Royal Marines holding Civil or Official Situations, either on Full or Half Pay.

Victualling Department (Portsmouth.) No. 424.

An Account of all sums of Money expended by the Victualling Department since 1st June 1827, for Buildings and other Works at Weevill; distinguishing such Buildings and Works, and the Sums expended for the same, as have been required for the new Establishment there, from such as would have been required for the old Establishment there only;-also, an Account of the whole Expense incurred in the removal and transfer of the Victualling Establishment from Portsmouth to Weevill, with an estimate of the Sums required (if any) for the completion of the same;-also, an Account of the several sums of Money at which the Premises of the late Victualling Establishment at Portsmouth have been sold, with the dates at which the said Sums, or any part thereof, have been paid to the Victualling Department;-also, an Account of the number of Persons belonging to the Victualling Establishment at Portsmouth, who have been reduced in consequence of the removal and transfer of the Establishment to Weevill, with the amount of their Salaries:-And then he withdrew.

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

Committee on Wallis's Divorce Bill.

The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Thomas Wallis, Esquire, with Charlotte Augusta Amelia, his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again, and for other purposes; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr. Nicolson Calvert reported from the Committee, That they had heard counsel and examined witnesses for the Bill; and that no counsel or party appeared before the Committee to oppose the Bill; and that they had gone through the Bill, and had directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.

Rickmersworth Road Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for more effectually repairing the Road from the Town of Rickmersworth, in the County of Hertford, through the Village of Pinner, to or near the Swan Public-house at Sudbury Common, in the Turnpike Road leading from Harrow to London, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Mr. Nicolson Calvert do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Polloc and Govan Railway Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for making and maintaining a Railway from the Lands of Polloc and Govan to the River Clyde, at the Harbour of Broomielaw, in the County of Lanark, with a Branch to communicate therefrom, was read the third time; and several Amendments were made to the Bill.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Mr. John Maxwell do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Petition referred to a Committee.

The House was moved, That the Petition of the Provost, Baillies, Treasurer and Councillors of the royal burgh of Dumbarton, which was presented to the House upon the 18th day of March last, praying, that they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against the 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, 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.

Rye Return, amended.

The Deputy Clerk of the Crown, attending according to Order, amended the Return for the Town and Port of Rye.

Williams's Estate Bill, reported and passed.

Sir John Wrottesley reported from the Committee on the ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for vesting certain parts of the real Estates devised by the Will of John Williams, Esquire, deceased, in the County of Stafford, in Trustees, in trust, to carry into execution a Contract entered into for Sale thereof, and to apply the Money arising from such Sale in manner therein mentioned; That they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill, and had directed him to report the same to the House without any Amendment; and the Bill was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Sir John Wrottesley do carry the Bill to the Lords, and acquaint them that this House hath agreed to the same, without any Amendment.

Yeovil Improvement Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for paving, lighting, watching, watering, cleansing, repairing, widening and otherwise improving the Streets, Lanes and other public Passages and Places within the Town of Yeovil, in the County of Somerset, and for regulating the Police thereof, was read the third time; and several Amendments were made to the Bill.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Sir John Wrottesley do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Kingsbury Episcopi Inclosure Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for inclosing Lands in the Parish of Kingsbury Episcopi, in the County of Somerset, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Sir John Wrottesley do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

New Cross Roads Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill to enable the Trustees of the New Cross Turnpike Roads, situate in the Counties of Kent and Surrey, to improve the Turnpike Road through the Town of Bromley, in the County of Kent, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act to improve the Road through the Town of Bromley, in the County of Kent.

Ordered, That Sir Edward Knatchbull do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Report of North Level Drainage Bill, considered.

A Motion being made, That the Report which, upon Monday the tenth day of this instant May was made from the Committee on 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, 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 last, 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.

Beverley Road Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for more effectually repairing and otherwise improving the Road from Beverley, by Molescroft, to Kendell House, and from Molescroft to Bainton Balk, in the County of York, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Mr. Stewart do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Ashborne and Belper Road Bill, reported.

Mr. Mundy reported from the Committee on the recommitted Bill for more effectually repairing the Road from Ashborne, in the County of Derby, over Belper Bridge, to the present Turnpike Road from Sheffield and Chesterfield to Derby, at or near a place called Openwood Gate, and from Belper Bridge to Ripley, in the County of Derby; and to whom the Petition of Robert Holden, of Nuttall Temple, in the county of Nottingham, Esquire, and of Anthony Radford Strutt, of Makeney, in the county of Derby, Esquire, was referred; That they had considered the said Petition; and that they had made other Amendments thereunto; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

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

Amendment to Cromford Bridge Road Bill, agreed to.

The House proceeded to take into consideration the Amendment made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act for more effectually repairing and improving the Road from Cromford Bridge to the Turnpike Road at or near Langley Mill, in the County of Derby; and the same was read; and is as followeth;

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The said Amendment, being read a second time, was agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That Mr. Mundy do carry the Bill to the Lords; and acquaint them, that this House hath agreed to the Amendment made by their Lordships.

Galway Dock Bill, re-committed.

The House was moved, That the Report which, upon Monday the 10th day of this instant May, was made from the Committee on the Bill for making and maintaining a navigable Cut or Canal from Lough Corrib to the Bay of Galway, and for the Improvement of the Harbour of Galway, might be read; and the same being read;

Ordered, That the Bill be re-committed to the former Committee; and that they have leave to sit and proceed, and to report To-morrow.

Report of Queensferry Improvement Bill, considered.

A Motion being made, That the Report which, upon the 10th day of this instant May, was made from the Committee; on the Bill for the further improvement and support of the Passage across the Firth of Forth, called the Queens Ferry, 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 Wednesday last, 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.

Dundee Harbour Bill, recommitted.

The House was moved, That the Report which, upon Wednesday the 28th day of April last, was made from the Committee on the Bill for more effectually maintaining, improving and extending the Harbour of Dundee, in the County of Forfar; might be read; and the same being read;

Ordered, That the Bill be re-committed to the former Committee; and that they have leave to sit and proceed, and to report upon Thursday next.

Amendments to Tweed Fisheries Bill, agreed to.

The House proceeded to take into consideration the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act for the more effectual Preservation and Increase of the breed of Salmon, and for better regulating the Fisheries in the River Tweed, and the Rivers and Streams running into the same, and also within the Mouth or Entrance of the said River; and the same were read; and are as followeth;

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The said Amendments being read a second time, were agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That Mr. Henry Scott do carry the Bill to the Lords; and acquaint them, that this House hath agreed to the Amendments made by their Lordships.

Petition respecting Stage Coaches.

A Petition of William Boulnois, Francis Roe, Robert FitzGerald, Robert Ponsonby Staples, William Henry May, Vernon Abbott, Christopher Abbott, John Lock Cartwright, and others, principal Proprietors of Public Cabriolets, was presented, and read; praying the House, That the present regulations respecting Stage Coaches and Omnibuses, as regards their carrying passengers for short distances in the streets of the metropolis, may be continued; and that the number of licenses for public Cabriolets may remain, as at present, in the discretion of the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, and that the licenses may continue to be governed by such regulations as shall secure civility, safety and accommodation to the public; and that the Petitioners may be permitted to be heard, before the Select Committee appointed by the House to inquire into the Duties, Salaries and Emoluments of the Commissioners for regulating Hackney Coaches within the Bills of Mortality, and the several Officers under their control, the present state of Public Carriages within the metropolis, and the Laws affecting the same, by their counsel, agents and witnesses; and that they may, by their counsel and agents, cross examine such other witnesses as may be called before the said Committee; and that the House will take such measures in regard to the premises as to them shall seem meet.

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

Petitions in favour of Sale of Beer Bill.

A Petition of Gentry, Clergy, Freeholders and other Inhabitants of Chelmsford;-and, of Licensed Victuallers and others of Send, Ripley, Working and Chertsey,-were presented, and read; taking notice of, the Bill to permit the general Sale of Beer by the Retail in England; and praying, That the same may pass into a law, but that Beer be not consumed in the house or premises where sold by retail.

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

Petition against Sale of Beer Bill.

A Petition of Proprietors and Occupiers of publichouses in Tonbridge, was also presented, and read; taking notice of the said Bill; and praying, That the same may not pass into a law.

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

Petitions for mitigating Punishment for Forgery.

A Petition of Magistrates, Clergy, Bankers and other Inhabitants of Evesham;-of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters, commonly called Independents, assembling for religious worship in Castle-street Chapel, Exeter;- of Inhabitants of Ipswich;-of Magistrates for the division of Margate, and Bankers and other Inhabitants of Margate;-of Inhabitants of Ashford, in the county of Kent; -and, of Persons resident in Tewkesbury,-were presented, and read; praying the House to abolish the punishment of death for Forgery, and to substitute such penalties as are adapted to the enlightened age in which we live, and to the character of that religion which we profess, as well as to secure, by the certainty of their infliction, the co-operation of the court, the prosecutor, the witnesses and the jury.

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

Return of Convictions for Forgery (Ireland), ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the number of Persons convicted of Forgery on the Bank of Ireland, in each year, from 1791 to 1829 inclusive; distinguishing the Capital Convictions upon which Executions took place, and the cases of mitigated Punishment; the Return also to distinguish the Prosecutions for Forgery, or passing Forged Notes and Post Bills, and the Forgeries connected with the Public Funds, Bills of Exchange, or otherwise.

Petitions against Renewal of East India Charter.

A Petition of Iron-masters and Holders of Mineral Property in the county of Monmouth;-of Cotton Spinners and Manufacturers of Staylybridge;-and, of Merchants, Manufacturers and others of Dukinfield,-were presented, and read; praying, That the House will refuse to grant any further charter to the East India Company.

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

Petition against growth of Tobacco in this Kingdom.

A Petition of Manufacturers of Tobacco in the city of Chester, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have heard that a Bill has been, or is about to be, introduced into Parliament for the purpose of allowing the growth of Tobacco in Great Britain and Ireland at a Duty of 1s. 8d. per pound, while the Duty upon Foreign Tobacco is to remain at 3s. per pound; and praying, That the same may not pass into a law, and that the Duties upon Foreign Tobacco may be reduced.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Select Committee on Tobacco Cultivation.

Petition respecting Duty on Corn Spirits.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Dungannon, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have learned with sentiments of the deepest concern and dismay the intention of His Majesty's Ministers to introduce an alteration in the relative Duties on home-made Spirits and West India Rum, which they respectfully state would be most unjust and ruinous to individuals, and most injuriously prejudicial to the agricultural and general interests of Ireland; the Petitioners have also heard with the greatest surprise and alarm of the intention of His Majesty's Ministers to assimilate or increase the Duties on Stamps in Ireland, which will add very considerably to the burthens of trade and agriculture, both in commercial and banking transactions, as well as in legal proceedings, in securities for money and transfers of property, and will have, in many instances, an ex post facto operation; and praying, That such protection may be given to the interest of the Petitioners as the House may think fit.

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

Petition against alteration of Law respecting Distillation (Scotland.)

A Petition of Distillers from Malt in and about the city of Aberdeen, was presented, and read; praying the House not to alter the law regarding the distilling of Spirits, in so far as it allows a drawback to the Distillers from Malt, or to cause them annually to declare whether they are to work for the English or Scotch market.

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

Petition respecting Payment of Sheriffs Fees (Ireland.)

A Petition of William Codd, Gentleman, Under-sheriff of the King's County, was presented, and read; praying the House to grant a sufficient sum to Sheriffs as salary, in lieu of fees anciently paid on indictments.

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

Members added to a Committee.

Ordered, That Mr. Foster Pigot and Mr. Estcourt be added to the Select Committee on Manufacturing Employment.

Petition respecting Labourers Wages.

A Petition of Inhabitants and Tradesmen of Shiffnal, was presented, and read; praying the House to take into its most serious consideration the laws now in force for preventing the Payment of Wages in Goods or by way of Truck, and their inadequacy for such purpose, and that they will enact such further or other laws as will effectually prevent the same.

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

Petition against Duties on Stamps, Tobacco, and Spirits (Ireland.)

A Petition of Members of the Chamber of Commerce of Tralee, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have learned with the greatest alarm and regret the intention of His Majesty's Government to impose new and additional Taxes upon that distressed and impoverished portion of the empire, and at a time, too, when it is proposed to relieve England (a country, when compared to Ireland, wealthy and prosperous) from the pressure of taxation to the amount, as they have heard, of about five millions sterling; the Petitioners respectfully submit, that the proposed increase of the Duty upon British Spirits, without a proportionate increase of the Duty on Foreign Spirits in the ratio laid down in the year 1825, will have the effect of decreasing the consumption of the home-made Spirits to an alarming degree, to the great prejudice of the interests of a large class of His Majesty's subjects; the Petitioners are deeply impressed with the nenecessity of giving employment to the famishing and neglected poor of Ireland, and they have confidence in the House that they will not sanction, by any legislative enactment, any measure which may in its consequences dry up any of those sources of employment which yet remain, and which are likely, by due encouragement, to diminish, in some degree, that squalid poverty and misery which are to be found in every part of that county; the Petitioners have been led to make these observations in consequence of the new Duty of 1s. 8d. per pound proposed to be levied on Tobacco of Irish growth; the Petitioners implore the House to pause before they inflict so great a grievance on the people; the Petitioners beg leave to call the attention of the House to the proposed assimilation of the Stamp Duties, a measure which they respectfully submit is impolitic and unjust, and which will be oppressive to every class of His Majesty's subjects in that part of the United Kingdom; and praying, That the House will take the premises into their consideration, and that they will afford that protection which may seem just and meet.

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

Petition for exemption from County Assessments (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of the parish of Saint Mary, Newton Barry, in the barony of Scarewalsh, and county of Wexford, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners hold large tracts of mountainous and barren lands in said county, which never in the memory of man paid any county rate or cess until the year 1826, when certain county cess was laid on the barony of Scarewalsh, in said county, at the summer assizes in said year, according to the provision of an Act passed in the 36th year of the reign of his late Majesty, King George the Third, intituled, "An Act for the amendment of the public Roads, for deciding the power of Grand Juries respecting Presentments, and for repealing several Laws heretofore made for that purpose;" and praying, That it may be enacted, that all waste and barren lands which never within the memory of man were subject to county rate or cess previous to the said period, may continue exempt therefrom, until the provisions of the said Act take effect; and that the House will grant the Petitioners such other redress as to them may seem meet.

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

Petition against Assimilation of Newspaper Stamps (Ireland.)

A Petition of Letter-press Printers of the city of Kilkenny, was presented, and read; setting forth, That with much surprise and alarm the Petitioners have had reason to conclude, from the statement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, that it is his intention to propose to the House the assimilation of the Irish Newspaper Stamp Duties with those of England, which, if carried into effect, must bring with it many evils to the community at large, and to the Petitioners the most calamitous misfortune; and praying the House to give the most mature deliberation to the prayer of their Petition, and cause a full and minute inquiry to be made into all the circumstances connected therewith, which will enable the House to pursue a course more judicious and beneficial to the community, and avert the manifold disadvantages which by the passing of the measure must necessarily be entailed on a class of men who, above all others, from the peculiar nature of their occupation, are the least capable of undertaking any other employment.

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

Petition respecting Arrest for Debt.

A Petition of Magistrates, Merchants, and other Inhabitants of Kidderminster, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners observe with much concern and alarm the numerous enactments recently made in favour of Debtors, which tend to the great prejudice of tradesmen in general; that the Petitioners view the present measure before the House, of increasing the amount of debts liable to arrest, as one calculated to injure their trade; and praying, That the House will hesitate before they suffer a Bill to pass which is likely so seriously to operate in destroying the trading interests of the country.

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

Petition respecting South American Trade.

A Petition of the President, Vice-President, and other Members of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Manufactures, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the town of Manchester is deeply interested in the trade with the new States of South and Central America, and that the Petitioners feel solicitous for their peace and welfare; that considerable inconvenience and loss were sustained last year in consequence of the invasion of the coast of Mexico by a body of troops under the flag of the Crown of Spain; that the Petitioners, being informed that another expedition of a like nature, and for a similar purpose, is now preparing in Spain, by which British commerce is likely to be again interfered with and interrupted, and the security of British property in Mexico endangered, humbly pray the House to adopt such measures as to their wisdom may seem best for the protection of the property of the merchants of this country, and for inducing the King of Spain to put an end to a war which, carried on only through a succession of petty hostilities, proves very injurious to neutral interests, but must be utterly hopeless as to accomplishing any important or lasting advantage to Spain herself.

A Petition of Merchants of the city of Glasgow, trading with the Republic of Mexico, was also presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have for many years been engaged in commercial transactions with Mexico, and have every reason to think that the trade hitherto carried on would be gradually and considerably extended to great mutual benefit and advantage, were the political security and internal tranquillity of the Mexican territory not liable to changes and interruptions, in consequence of the preparations and threats of the Spanish government to make hostile attacks on the Mexican provinces from the island of Cuba; the Petitioners are unwilling to enter into any examination of the rights by which his Majesty the King of Spain may be authorized to attempt the subjugation of his late American possessions, but, having learnt that His Majesty the King of this United Kingdom has been advised to interfere to prevent any attack from Mexico on the island of Cuba, and, having so interfered, has thus frustrated the only effectual means which the Mexican government could hope to possess to destroy the resources of their enemy, and the measures by which these annoyances could be effected, humbly think, that the same spirit which dictated such interference, ought naturally to lead to such representations to the Spanish government as may induce them to abandon attempts which, as measures of conquest and subjugation, are hopeless and inefficient, but which, as mischievous efforts to spread disorganization, confusion, and distrust, are eminently successful, and prove extremely hurtful to the tranquillity and improvement of the Mexican people, to the growth of prosperity among them, and consequently cannot fail to prove injurious to the commercial interests of the Petitioners, and of all other British subjects; the Petitioners humbly pray, That, having taken this important subject into consideration, the House will be pleased to take such steps as to its wisdom may seem to be proper.

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

Petition for reduction of Duty on Indentures of Apprenticeship.

A Petition of Fishing Smack Owners and Fishermen of Barking;-and, of Greenwich,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That by the Stamp Act passed in the 55th year of the reign of his late Majesty King George the Third, a Duty of 20 s. is imposed upon every Indenture of Apprenticeship where there shall be no consideration money moving to the master or mistress, and where the same Indenture shall not contain more than one thousand and eighty words, or where the consideration money shall not amount to the sum of 30£.; that, by an Act passed in the 7th and 8th years of the reign of His present Majesty, c. 50, intituled, "An Act to amend the Law relating to the Customs," it is enacted as follows: "And, for the greater encouragement of Navigation, be it further Enacted, That no higher Duty of Stamps than Two shillings shall be charged upon the Indentures of any Apprentice bound to serve at sea in the Merchant Service, nor upon any memorandum or agreement made between the master and mariners of any ship or vessel for wages or service on any voyage in such ship or vessel;" that doubts have arisen with the Petitioners whether the Indentures of Apprentices bound to serve at sea in the British Fisheries are exempt from the higher Duty of 20 s. by reason that the Petitioners apprehend that by the mere catching and selling of fish, they do not legally become merchants, and consequently that their said Apprentices do not serve in the Merchant Service, although the Petitioners humbly submit, that in the intention of the Legislature to encourage Navigation, it was not meant to overlook the Apprentices employed at sea in the Fisheries; that the Petitioners are informed that the Duties on Stamps are about to be revised by the House; and praying, That in such revision it may be provided, that no more Duty on the Indentures of Apprentices bound to serve at sea in the Fisheries shall be imposed than the Duty on Indentures of Apprentices bound to serve at sea in the Merchant Service.

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

Petition respecting Poor Laws (Ireland.)

A Petition of George Gunning, of Frindsbury, Kent, a Lieutenant on the half-pay of His Majesty's First Regiment of Dragoon Guards, was presented, and read; praying, That the House will be graciously pleased to pass a law to establish a system of Poor Laws for Ireland.

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

Petition against Abolition of Jurisdiction of Chester.

A Petition of Merchants, Traders and other Inhabitants of the town of Middlewich, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for the more effectual Administration of Justice in England and Wales; wherein it is proposed to abolish the separate Jurisdiction of the County Palatine of Chester; 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 against Poor Removal (Irish and Scottish) Bill.

A Petition of Select Vestrymen of the parish of Saint Mary-le-Bone, in the county of Middlesex, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill to alter and amend several Acts relating to the removal of Vagrant and Poor Persons born in Scotland and Ireland, and chargeable to Parishes in England; and praying, That the same may not pass into a law.

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

Petition against Payment of Tithes.

A Petition of Owners and Occupiers of land and others, Inhabitants of Rochester, was presented, and read; praying the House to take the necessary steps to effect an early abolition of the Tithe Tax, a measure which would give more satisfaction to the country and reflect greater credit upon the Legislature than any enactment that has been carried for centuries past; and, when coupled with the boon of religious liberty lately so liberally granted, would entitle the present Parliament to be mentioned in terms of the most glowing eulogium by the historian of the United Kingdom.

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

The Lords have agreed to

A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Stratford and Mr. Harvey:

Mr. Speaker,

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

Sankey Brook Navigation Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act to consolidate and amend the Acts relating to the Sankey Brook Navigation, in the County of Lancaster, and to make a navigable Canal from the said Navigation at Fidler's Ferry, to communicate with the River Mersey, at Widness Wharf, near Westbank, in the Township of Widness, in the said County:

Dunham Bridge Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for building a Bridge over the River Trent, from Dunham, in the County of Nottingham, to the opposite Shore, in the County of Lincoln:

London Assurance Companies Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act to enable the London Assurance Companies and their Successors to purchase Annuities upon or for Lives; and also, to lend Money or Stock upon Mortgage for the purpose of Investment:

Hungerford Market Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act to incorporate certain Persons to be called "The Hungerford Market Company," for the Re-establishment of a Market for the Sale of Fish, Poultry and Meat, and other Articles of general consumption and use, and for other purposes:

Glasgow Royalty Extension Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for extending the Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction of the Magistrates, and the Town or Burgh and Dean of Guild Courts of Glasgow, over the Lands of Blythswood, and adjacent Lands, and for amending the Acts relating to the Police of the said City:

Caithness Statute Labour Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for making, repairing, widening and keeping in repair certain Roads and Bridges in the County of Caithness, and for better regulating and rendering more effectual the Statute Labour in the said County, and Conversion Money in lieu thereof:

Louth Roads Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for more effectually repairing and improving the Roads from Saltfleet to the Town of Horncastle, and other Roads therein mentioned, all in the County of Lincoln:

Walsall Road Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for improving and maintaining the Road leading from Walsall to Muckley Corner, near Lichfield, and other Roads, in the County of Stafford: And also,

The Lords have passed Campbell's Estate Bill.

The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to enable Sir William Purves Hume Campbell, of Marchmont, Baronet, and the Heirs of Entail, of the Lands and Barony of Greenlaw, in the County of Berwick, to grant Feus of parts of the said Lands and Barony; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House:-And then the Messengers withdrew.

Petition against Imprisonment for Debt.

A Petition of Prisoners for Debt in the borough gaol of Liverpool, was presented, and read; complaining of their distress; and praying for the abolition of the Assessed Taxes, a reduction of the taxes on Tea, Sugar, Candles, &c., a repeal of the Corn Laws, a Reform in the Court of Chancery, the abolition of all trade monopolies, especially that of the East India Company, the abolition of all useless and unnecessary offices; effectual retrenchment and economy in all the departments of Government, and, above all, a thorough Reform in Parliament.

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

Accounts of Spirits, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the quantity of Corn Spirits annually consumed in the United Kingdom, from January 1800 to the present time; distinguishing England, Ireland and Scotland, and stated in Imperial Gallons, with the rate of Duty payable respectively thereon.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the number of Gallons of Rum and Molasses annually exported from the British West India Colonies to the United States of America, from January 1812 to the present time, stated in Imperial Gallons.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the number of Gallons of Rum and Molasses annually exported from the British West India Colonies to the British North American Colonies, from January 1812 to the present time, stated in Imperial Gallons.

Petition against use of Machinery.

A Petition of Journeymen Paper-makers in the county of Norfolk, was presented, and read; complaining of their distress; and setting forth, That no effectual remedy can be afforded them but by a legislative enactment; and praying the House to take into their consideration the unprecedented and yet increasing distress under which the Petitioners are suffering, and, by the imposition of an extra Duty to be levied upon all paper made by Machinery, by a tax to be levied on every machine in the hands of the maker, or by an enactment prohibiting the use of such Machinery as tends most to decrease the demand for manual labour, to equalize the expenses of manufacturing paper by Machinery and by hand, the adoption of which measures, the Petitioners are firmly persuaded, would not only afford relief to the Petitioners, inasmuch as the quality of the article manufactured by the hand will always excel that manufactured by machines, but will also tend greatly to re-establish the superiority of the British article in the foreign market, which, since the introduction of machines, has been lost.

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

Petition complaining of Distress.

A Petition of the Committee of Journeymen Engine Silk Weavers of Spitalfields, was presented, and read; complaining of the unexampled distress and misery to which the Petitioners are reduced by the present low rate of wages; and praying that the House will, in the present Session, institute a proper inquiry and due investigation into their present alarming condition, and devise some remedy for their relief.

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

Petition of James Kelly.

A Petition of James Kelly, late a Lieutenant in the third Corps of the Revenue Police of Ireland, now of Stafford-street, in the city of Dublin, was presented, and read; setting forth, That in the month of August 1816, the Petitioner entered the service of His Majesty as an Officer for the prevention of illicit distillation in Ireland, and continued from that time until his dismissal, as thereafter mentioned, to serve in that capacity with zeal and fidelity, and with the approbation of all his superiors who had an opportunity of witnessing his conduct; stating the particulars of his case; and praying, That the House will be pleased to take the same into consideration, and afford him such redress and relief, and take such measures thereon as to the House shall seem meet.

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

Petition for introduction of Poor Laws into Ireland.

A Petition of Roman Catholic Inhabitants of the parishes of Whitechurch and Garrocloyne, in the county of Cork, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Church by law established is the richest in the world, holding near three millions of acres, besides its enormous Tithes; were this rich Church only assessed 2s. in the pound, 2s. more in the pound on the properties of all absentees, together with exemption from weighty Grand Jury Assessments, a system of Poor Rates could be established, whereby mendicity would be suppressed, the lame, the feeble and blind well supported, and lucrative employment afforded every person able to work; and praying the House to enact some modified plan of Poor Laws, whereby the church, the absentee, and the unfeeling landlord will be bound to contribute.

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

Petition for repeal of Parish Vestries Act (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of the parish of Saint Mary, in the city of Dublin, was 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.

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

Return of Fines at Quarter Sessions (Ireland), ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the Sums levied by way of Fines at the different Quarter Sessions in Ireland during the last five years; specifying the manner in which the same have been applied, and to whom they have been paid.

Return of Law Suits (Wales), presented. No. 424.

Mr. William Peel presented to the House, pursuant to their Address to His Majesty,-A Return of all Suits in the several Common Law Courts of Westminster wherein the Venue was laid in Wales, and which were sent down for trial at Shrewsbury or Hereford within the last ten years, so far as the same can be ascertained.

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

Further Consideration of Report on the Conduct of Sir Jonah Barrington, deferred.

Ordered, That the Order of the day, for taking into further consideration the Report from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider of the Eighteenth Report of the Commissioners of Judicial Inquiry in Ireland, which was presented to the House upon the 9th day of February, in the last Session of Parliament; of the Deposition forwarded to the Commission of Judicial Inquiry by Sir Jonah Barrington, Judge of the Court of Admiralty in Ireland, which was presented to the House upon the 16th day of March, in the last Session of Parliament; and, of the Report which upon the 1st day of June, in the last Session of Parliament, was made from the Committee appointed to take into consideration the Eighteenth Report of the Commissioners of Judicial Inquiry in Ireland, together with the Deposition for warded to those Commissioners by Sir Jonah Barrington, Judge of the High Court of Admiralty in Ireland, and other Papers connected with the conduct of Sir Jonah Barrington, in the discharge of his judicial functions, be now read; and the same being read;

Ordered, That the Report be taken into further consideration upon Saturday next.

Motion respecting First Fruits (Ireland.)

A Motion was made, and the Question was proposed, That the First Fruits or Annates, being the first year's Income of every Ecclesiastical Dignity and Benefice in Ireland, became, at the Reformation, a part of the Revenue of the Crown, and were regulated by the Irish Acts of the 26th and 28th of Henry 8, and several succeeding Statutes, and continued annexed to the Royal Revenues until the year 1710:

That her Majesty Queen Anne did then, as an act of grace and favour to the Established Church of Ireland, by Letters Patent, confirmed by Act of Parliament, vest in Trustees and Commissioners the produce of this branch of Royal Revenue, for the purposes of building and repairing Churches, for the purchases of Glebes where wanting, and of Impropriations whenever the Benefice was not sufficient for the liberal maintenance of the Clergy having cure of souls:

That the Queen did, at the same time, absolutely release from the payment of the twentieth parts or twelve pence in the pound, before paid annually to the Crown out of all Ecclesiastical Benefices, the Clergy of Ireland, although a corresponding payment annually was retained by her Majesty, and still remains payable by the Clergy of England out of their Dignities and Benefices:

That it appears from Returns laid before the House, that the gross amount of the First Fruit Revenues of Ireland thus vested in trust and paid in to the Commissioners during ten years, ending in January 1821, amounted only to £.3,752, whereout £.827 were deducted for Salaries and Incidents, and in ten years ending January 1830 to £5,142. 15s., from which £.740 were deducted for Salaries and Incidents, leaving a net income in the former period of £.2,925, and in the latter of £.4,302. 4s. only:

That, during the latter period of ten years, fifteen Bishopricks and four Archbishopricks became vacant, and in the succession thereto liable to Payment of First Fruits:

That it appears from Returns presented to the House, that in seven years ending January 1824, the Archbishopricks and Bishopricks of England contributed to the First Fruit Fund £.5,419. 9s. 10d., and for Tenths £.8,851.4s., making in the whole the sum of £.14,270. 14s. 4d., and that in a like period of seven years ending 1824, the Archbishopricks and Bishopricks of Ireland contributed to the First Fruit Fund thereof £.910. 10s. 11d., and in seven years ending January 1830 £.1,798. 9s. 7d.

That four hundred and sixty-seven of the Dignities and Benefices of Ireland, being nearly one-fourth part, have never been rated or valued for Payment of First Fruits, and three hundred and sixty-six more, although rated, do not contribute thereto, on account of their low rate at the early period of their valuation; and the whole of the Archbishopricks, Bishopricks, and other Ecclesiastical Dignities of Ireland, are thereby estimated as of only £.4,427 annual value:

That the grants of Parliament to the Board of First Fruits for gifts and loans towards building new Churches and Glebe Houses, and purchase of Glebes, in Ireland, during twenty years ending in 1822, amounted to £.686,000:

That it appears just and necessary that this branch of Royal Revenue, liberally appropriated by the Crown to wise and salutary objects, connected essentially with the well-being of the Church of Ireland (at the same time that a great remission of burthens affecting the Clergy thereof was granted by the same Royal Authority) should be rendered actually efficient to the attainment of the beneficent objects to which it was assigned, and that the deficiency created by this unfair and inadequate valuation should be no longer supplied by the imposition of additional Charge on the body of the People, either as a Parliamentary Grant or by Parochial Taxation:

And the previous Question being put, That that Question be now put;

The House divided.
The Noes went forth.
Tellers for the Yeas, Mr. Spring Rice, 69.
Lord Viscount Althorp:
Tellers for the Noes, Mr. Frankland Lewis, 94.
Mr. Croker:

So it passed in the Negative.

Debate on Motion respecting Standing Orders-Birmingham and London Junction Canal Bill.

The House was moved, That the Report which, upon Monday the 5th day of April last, was made from the Committee on the Petition of several Owners and Occupiers of estates within the counties of Warwick, Stafford, Salop, Buckingham and Middlesex, and Merchants, Manufacturers, and other Inhabitants of towns and other places situate within the said counties, for leave to bring in a Bill for making a Canal from the Stratford-on-Avon Canal Navigation, within the Parish of Tamworth, in the County of Warwick, to the Oxford Canal Navigation, within the Liberty of Coombe, in the same County; and to whom the Petitions of Thomas Wyatt, a land-owner on the line of the proposed Birmingham and London Junction Canal; of John Williams and others; of R. Paterson and others, complaining of their names having been inserted in the Subscription List; and two Petitions of several Owners and Occupiers of land on the line of the London and Birmingham Junction Canal thereinafter mentioned, complaining of their names having been entered in the Lists of assents, dissents and neuters, as being neuter, they being opposed to the Bill; and, of several Trustees for executing an Act for repairing the Road from Dunchurch to Stonebridge, in the county of Warwick, complaining of non-compliance with the Standing Orders, were referred, might be read; and the same was read.

The House was also moved, That the Standing Order of the House, of the 27th day of July 1814, "That, before any Petition is presented to the House, for making, varying, abridging, extending, or enlarging any such Cut, Canal, Reservoir, or Aqueduct as aforesaid, or making or improving the Navigation of a River, an Estimate of the proposed Expense of such Undertaking, signed by the person or persons making the same; together with an account of the Money subscribed for that purpose, and the Names of the Subscribers, with the Sums by them subscribed respectively, be lodged in the Private Bill Office of this House; and that the receipt thereof be acknowledged accordingly, by one of the Clerks of the said Office, upon such Petition," might be read; and the same being read;

And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That every Subscription List required to be deposited in the Private Bill Office of this House do contain the Christian and Surnames, and places of abode, together with a description of the quality or calling of the Subscribers to the work, and the Sums by them respectively subscribed:-And a Debate arising in the House thereupon;

Ordered, That the Debate be adjourned till Thursday next.

And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That no Bill in respect of which a Subscription List is required to be deposited in the Private Bill Office (except Turnpike Road Bills), be read a second time, unless one half of the Sum required for the probable expense of the work shall have been subscribed by persons under a Contract, binding themselves, their Heirs, Executors, Administrators and Assigns for the payment of the Money so subscribed, and that such Contract be deposited in the Private Bill Office before the second reading of any such Bill, and be produced before the Committee on the Bill, if required:-And a Debate arising in the House thereupon;

Ordered, That the Debate be adjourned till Thursday next.

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

Mercurii, 19 die Maii, 1830:

Day appointed for considering Report.

Ordered, That the Report which, upon Monday the 5th day of April last, was made from the said Committee, be taken into further consideration To-morrow.

Dean Forest Bill, ordered.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill for ascertaining the Boundaries of the Forest of Dean, in the County of Gloucester, and for inquiring into the Rights and Privileges claimed by Free Miners of the Hundred of Saint Briavel's, and for other purposes relating to the said Forest: And that Lord Viscount Lowther and Mr. Herries do prepare, and bring it in.

Committee on King's Message (Administration of Justice.)

Ordered, That the Order of the day, for taking into consideration His Majesty's most gracious Message of the 22d day of March last, be now read; and the same being read;

Resolved, That this House will, immediately, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to take His Majesty's said most gracious Message into consideration: -The House accordingly resolved itself into the Committee; and, after some time spent therein, 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 report to the House.

Ordered, That the Report be received To-morrow.

Committee on Lower Canada Legislature Bill.

The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill to amend so much of an Act of the thirty-first year of his late Majesty, for making more effectual Provision for the Government of the Province of Quebec; 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 had directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.

Ordered, That the Bill be ingrossed, and read the third time To-morrow.

Parish Vestries Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being being read, for the second reading of the Bill for the Regulation of Parish Vestries, and for lighting and watching Towns in England and Wales;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time Tomorrow.

Insolvent Debtors Bill, passed.

The ingrossed Bill to continue and amend the Laws for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors in England, was, according to Order, read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act to continue for two years, and from thence to the end of the then next Session of Parliament, and amend the Laws for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors in England.

Ordered, That Sir Alexander Grant do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Poor Removal (Irish and Scottish) Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill to alter and amend several Acts relating to the Removal of Vagrant and Poor Persons born in Scotland and Ireland, and chargeable to Parishes in England;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time Tomorrow.

Poor Law Amendment Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the third reading of the ingrossed Bill to prevent Abuses of the Poor Laws, by declaring and amending the Law relating to the employment and payment of Able-bodied Labourers from the Poor Rates;

Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time Tomorrow.

Liability of Landlords Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the third reading of the ingrossed Bill for the better rating Tenements under a certain Annual Value;

Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time Tomorrow.

Criminal Returns Bill, reported.

Mr. William Peel reported from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill to repeal an Act of the fiftyfifth year of his late Majesty, for procuring Returns of Persons committed, tried and convicted for Criminal Offences and Misdemeanors, the Amendments which they had made to the Bill; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed; and read the third time To-morrow.

Capital Punishments (Scotland) Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill to amend an Act passed in the ninth year of His present Majesty, to facilitate Criminal Trials in Scotland, and to grant further facilities in regard to such Trials, and to abridge the Period now required between the pronouncing of Sentence and execution thereof, in cases importing a Capital Punishment;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time upon Friday next.

Labouring Poor Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for taking into further consideration the Report from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill to promote the Employment of the labouring Poor by free hiring at fair and adequate Wages;

Ordered, That the Report be taken into further consideration To-morrow.

Administration of Justice Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for taking into further consideration the Report from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill for the more effectual Administration of Justice in England and Wales;

Ordered, That the Report be taken into further consideration To-morrow.

Common Law Fees Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill for regulating the Receipt and future Appropriation of Fees and Emoluments receivable by Officers of the Superior Courts of Common Law;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time Tomorrow.

Report on Beer Licenses.

Sir Alexander Grant reported from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider the Duty to be charged for Licenses to persons selling Beer, Ale or Porter by retail, the Resolution which they had directed him to report to the House; and the same was read, and agreed to by the House; and is as followeth;

Resolved, That for every License to be granted by the Commissioners of Excise, or by their Officers, to any person to sell Beer, Ale and Porter by retail in any part of Great Britain, in any house or premises specified in such License, there shall be demanded and paid the sum of Two pounds two shillings.

Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill to permit the general Sale of Beer by Retail in England, that they have power to make provision therein pursuant to the said Resolution.

Dean Forest Bill, presented. No. 425.

Lord Viscount Lowther presented a Bill for ascertaining the Boundaries of the Forest of Dean, in the County of Gloucester, and for inquiring into the Rights and Privileges claimed by Free Miners of the Hundred of Saint Briavel's, and for other purposes relating to the said Forest: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time upon Monday next.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

Members added to a Committee.

Ordered, That Mr. Cholmeley and Mr. Jephson be added to the Select Committee on Tobacco Cultivation.

Campbell's Estate Bill, read.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act to enable Sir William Purves Hume Campbell, of Marchmont, Baronet, and the Heirs of Entail, of the Lands and Barony of Greenlaw, in the County of Berwick, to grant Feus of parts of the said Lands and Barony, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Welsh Judges Compensation, to be considered.

A Motion being made, That this House will, Tomorrow, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of compensating certain Judges or other Officers of the Courts of Great Sessions in Wales;

Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, by His Majesty's command, acquainted the House, That His Majesty, having been informed of the subject matter of this Motion, recommends it to the consideration of the House.

Resolved, That this House will, this day, resolve itself into the said Committee.

Accounts, &c presented Military Guards.

Sir Alexander Grant presented to the House, pursuant to their Orders,-Return of the number and strength of Military Guards mounted within the Bills of Mortality on 1st January 1829 and 1830; distinguishing Cavalry from Infantry; and stating the number of Sentries furnished from each Guard, and the stations where posted.

Jamaica.

Return of the actual numbers of the King's Troops, as well Officers as Men, in every branch of the service; distinguishing the Regiments, Staff, and particular description of Force, who were stationed in the Islands of Jamaica in the years 1825, 1826, 1827 and 1828, respectively.

Army Full Pay, &c.

Return of the number of Officers in the Army of the United Kingdom on Full Pay and on Half Pay on the 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.

Military College.

Return of the number of Gentlemen who have been appointed to Commissions in the Army from the Royal Military College, in each year, from the 25th January 1821 to the 25th January 1830; distinguishing the number by purchase, and the number without purchase.

Return of the average number of Cadets at the Royal Military College, and the total Expense of the College, in each year, from 25th January 1821 to the 25th January 1830.

Vacant Commissions.

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.

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.

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; since the Return dated Horse Guards, 31st March 1828.

Unattached Commissions.

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.

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 House Guards, 31st March 1828.

Half Pay Commissions.

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.

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 Estimate of the saving to the public by such purchase; stating also, from what funds the purchase money has been paid.

Army, (Courts Martial.)

Return of all Officers of the Army who have been dismissed the Service without trial by a Court Martial (since the Return dated House Guards, 14th February 1827); stating the numbers of each rank, and the numbers in each year.

Return of the number of General Courts Martial held at the Head Quarters in London, in Scotland, and in Ireland, in each year, from 1820 to 1829 inclusive; and the number of such Courts Martial at which the Judge Advocates General in Scotland and Ireland, officiated in person in each year.

Return of the number of Persons in the Army tried by General Courts Martial in each year, from 1820 to 1829, both inclusive; distinguishing the number of Officers and of Men tried, and of General Courts Martial, from General Regimental and District or Garrison Courts Martial; and also, the number of such proceedings laid before His Majesty in each year.

No. 426.

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

Return respecting Militia, ordered; No. 427.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the total amount voted for the Militia in the United Kingdom, during each of the years from the 1st January 1816 to the 1st January 1829; stating also, the amount paid in each year for Pensions and Retired Allowances for Officers and Men reduced and pensioned from the Militia; also, the amount for Allowances to Lieutenancy Clerks, to Surgeons, for expense of Ballot, and on all other Accounts, so as to exhibit the total expense of the Militia and its Pensioners, in each year, in each Kingdom; and stating also, what Corps had been called out in aid of the Civil powers in each of these years.

presented.

Sir Alexander Grant, accordingly presented to the House,-A Return to the said Order.

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

And then the House, having continued to sit till near two of the clock on Wednesday morning, adjourned till this day.