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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. In the HOFSR OF LORDS, May 5, Lord Granville, ■"replying to a question from Lord Salisbury, said that no intelligence as to General Gordon had reached the 'Government witliin the previous few hours. THE LUNACY LAWS. Lord Milltown, having called attention to observa- tions of Mr. Baron Huddleston in the case of Weldon v. Winslow," pointed out various defects in the Lunacy Laws. He moved that in the opinion of the House the state of thos. laws was eminently unsatisfactory, and consti "u.ed a serious danger to the liberty of the subject. Lord Shaftesbury, who is chairman of the Lunacy Commission, explained that there were precautions re- quired under the Lunacy Acts which afforded to persons against whom lunacy was alleged far greater protection than the words used by Mr. Baron Huddleston would seem to imply. He did not allege that there were no abuses, but he said that there w.s much exaggeration in this matter. Lord Coleridge, while bearing testimony to the great improvement that had been effected by the Lunacy Act of 1855, for which the country was indebted to Lord Shaftesbury, said his experience as a judge had shown him that our system of dealing with allegations of lunacy, though perfect on paper, broke down in practice. Where lunacy was clear it worked well, and where lunacy was not clear it worked well; but where the question was as to whether there was such an unsoundness of intellect as made it necessary that a person should be deprived of his liberty the system broke down. The Lord Chancellor by no means contended that there were not points in which the existing Lunacy Laws required amendment; but he could not accept the motion, because he regarded its terms as extrava- gant. The assertion that the state of these laws con- stituted a serious danger to the liberty of the subject waf ofle not oorne out by any evidence that had ever be adduced on the subject. He promised that if the present Government remained in office till next session they would then introduce a bill for the consolidation and amendment of the Lunacy Laws. Lord Salisbury thought that the debate had been a useful one, and that after the statement made by the Lord Chancellor he recommended Lori Milltown not to press his notion. He himself was of opinion that the Present state of the Lunacy Laws was very unsatis- factory. The motion was withdrawn. Lord Morley, in answer to Lord Enfield, stated that after a full consideration of the matter and a reference r° Precedents, her Majesty's Government did not intend P° move a formal vote of thanks to the forces engaged In the operations near Souakim. 'Several bills having been advanced a stage, their lord- Ships rose at twenty-five minutes to eight o'clock. THE VOTE OF CENSURE. the HOUSE OF COMMONS Sir W. Lawson gave that he will move the following amendment to J*e motion of the right hon. gentleman the member for Gloucestershire (Sir M. Hicks-Beach): That *8 House, while regretting that General Gordon has th succeeded in bringing to a successful conclusion Mission which he patriotically undertook, declines censure her Majesty's Government for not taking DecH W^ich would involve military operations in con- with a mission which was distinctly and ^owediy Qf a pac.fic nature „ ge a subsequent stage of the sitting, Sir M. Hicks- rijtht K rose amid cheers, said I wish to ask the he ca n' Sentleman the Prime Minister what facilities of ?fford me for bringing under the consideration IfrtA 0use the motion of which I gave notice on M ay last. Gladstone, in reply, said In consequence of the haveCC g*v.en lly the right hon. gentleman on Friday I are (ip°-nsi(lered the matter with my colleagues, and we m0tior)Irous~~I will not enter into remarks upon the tleman t>?W~~W-e are desirous to give the right hon. gen- to-day a d eI2f^est day possible. The arrangements for possible a Thursday having been made, the earliest United sco^ Mrawhiy next; but looking to the question of*fL motion, confined as it is to the to General G e con-"uct of the Government with regard to a conclii^ on' we trust the debate will be brought tunatelv nntTu011 ^at evening. Should it, unfor- shaii, but v;,r" a close on that evening, we thedisnosalrJ+l •i?nt,ly'place Tuesday morning at of continfiht hon. gentleman for the purpose mak™aTg Xt' \nd wil1 be for him, if necessary, to ^ir M with regard to Tuesday evening. aiped tba?ifSweach: 1 think 14 generally agreed that the House ought to have before it, before he debate which, I understand, is to be commenced on Monday, all the information that her Majesty's Govern- ment can possibly give in regard to the telegrams that passed between General Gordon and Sir Evelyn faring. I should like to ask whether he will not arrange all telegrams which can be published consistently With the Public interests, shall be laid on the table at BftrJrf • the Presentation of telegrams from Sir E. be of March be postponed until they twn m !i *u due course, we shall not see them for to *° come- 1 think the House will be anxious M Vri m bef°re the debate next Mondajr. een+r '^stone: I quite agree with the right hon. ha e??an that it is desirable that the House should laid +Se telegrams before the debate. They will be the table during the present week, or at the ftrliest rnonient after. rieht >, ^ordon I beg to give notice that when the gentleman the member for East Gloucester- *mend nn^s f°nvard his motion I shall move as an fidence*11^11^—" ^at this House continues to place con- ,m the general conduct of business by her •' ty s Government." J THE GOLB COINAGE. cheque asked the Chancellor of the Ex- the vearl^ er he had any estimate to show what was coin^,] -T,oss from abrasion or wear and tear of the TV ?uld in circulation. trust ailcellor of the Exchequer said: The most tea' w?rthy estimate of the loss from the wear and -onv„„ the gold coins in circulation is that each a n-r lgn and half-sovereign lose more than 4-100ths of mfwtm °f, its weight every year. It follows that to stall g0,0d the yearly deficiency of metal in the present of coinage if, as is estimated, that consists sover '^00 in sovereigns and £ 20,000,000 in half- clusi"lhe cost would approach £ 50,000 a year, ex- Would nf expense of re-coinage, and this amount tion. c°urse, increase with an increase of circula- The TTr. SUPPLY. Was enffa^!?i^eu went into Committee of Supply, and On the v "1 a 'ate hour on the Army Intimates. cired KM- ? ^or medical services, Mr. Dawnay criti- Eevntiari e y the medical arrangements for the efficiencv nf'. ^r- Farquharson vindicated the discussino- +v, medical service and Lord Hartington, topes of s hi v?e generally, said he could hold out no ^heYeomir. d return to the regimental system, from Mr T V?te was the object of a lively attack hut it was ?re' wbo took a division against it, vote a stronn- e to 25 and on the Volunteer War by the was made to the Secretary for for camping outU er officers to enlarge the allowance Some other busin was bunted out at fiSS was disposed of, and the House was counted Out at, five minutes to two o'clock.


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