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JUNE 26.) FRENCH OFFICERS BREAKING PAROLE. 435 dirt and vermin, if it was true, he (Mr. Croker) would undertake to say that it must be bis own fault. He had lately visited the prison-ships at Portsmouth, and found, after personal inquiry, but one just ground of complaint, upon which such an explanation took place as rendered it unlikely to occur again. He found that so far from being thrust into the hold, those who had broke their parole were carefully separated from the common men, and having a lighter cabin, and even billiard-tables for their amusement. They were not sent to the prison-ships as a punishment, but merely as a place of confinement, they having forfeited the indulgence of being at large. The Board of Admiralty bad adopted a rule, not to admit any one to his parole again who bad once broken it; but there was scarcely any one who, after such conduct, could not get gentlemen, otherwise highly respected, to sign their petitions. He hoped what had happened that night would render them more cautious in future, as their readiness had created a spirit of insolence and discontent.He could assure the House, that no letter was received from them at the Admiralty wbich was not immediately attended to.
Lord Castlereagh said, there never was an instance of an English Officer having broken his parole who was not stigmatised by his Guvernment, and deprived of promotion.
Mr Croker mentioned an instance which occurred at the Admiralty only yrsterday, when every powerful interest had been employed to promote a midshipman, who had broken his parole some years ago; but the answer given was, that an officer who had forfeited his honour, by break. ing his parole, was no longer deserving his Majesty's commission.
Sir G. Warrender, Mr. Goulbourn, Sir F. Burdett, and Mr. Robinson, each said a few words; after which the Speaker informed the House, that since the conversation began, it had been found that an order had been made yesterday for printing the paper in question.
Mr. Abercromby moved for a copy of the warrant under which the Commissioners were appointed for the purpose of investigating the laws and regulations of the island of Jersey, so far as relates to Juries.-Agreed to.
In a Committee of Ways and Means,
The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved, that a duty of 4s. Id. be laid on every 100 weight of stone ware manufactured in this country; which was agreed to, and the Report ordered to be received to-morrow.
The 5,000,0001. Exchequer-Bills Bill was read a first, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.
The Exchequer Bill in Aids, the Scotch Assessed Taxes Bill, and the Coffee Auction Bill, severally went through a Committee, and the Reports ordered to-morrow.
Colonel Palmer moved, that the House should go into a Committee on Mr. Palmer's per Centage Bill, and that it be an instruction to the said Committee to insert a clause therein, pursuant to the resolution of the Committee of Supply, granting the sum of 78,0001. to Mr. Palmer.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer protested against the vote, as a misa pplication of the public money. A division took placeAyes,
Majority in favour of Mr. Palmer, 31 The Report was ordered to be received to-morrow.
In the Committee of Supply, various small sums of money were voted for miscellancous purposes.
On the report of the Chelsea Pensioners' Bill,
Sir F. Burdett took the occasion 10 suggest, whether some alteration ought not to be made in the allowance to young men who had been severely wounded. At present very comfortable pensions were given to old men who bad been long in the service; whereas young men, who had perhaps received such wounds in action as to render them less able to earn any thing for themselves, received only from sixpence to ninepence a-day. He threw out this. merely as a suggestion for the consideration of Ministers.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer admitted, that the sugo gestion was well worthy their consideration.
The Report was then agreed to, and the Bill ordered to be tead a third time to-morrow.
A long conversation took place on the Report of the Dublin Light-house Bill, in which Sir J. Newport com. plained of the Board of Treasury in this country suspending the operation of the Act, and the payment of the duties here, when in Ireland the Act was enforced, and the duties paid.
The Report was finally agreed to, and the Bill ordered to be read a third time to-morrow.
Sir F. Burdett postponed till Tuesday next his motion respecting the gaoler of Lancaster.
The other orders of the day were then disposed of.
HOUSE OF LORDS.
SATURDAY, JUNE 27.
PROVINCIAL DISTURBANCES. Lord Viscount Sidmouth presented a Message from the Prince Regent, stating, that information would be laid before the House relative to the acts of violence and outrage committed in defiance of law, in some of the counties of England, and trusting that the House would concur in such measures as might tend to secure the lives and property of his Majesty's liege subjects.
On the motion of Lord Viscount Sidmouth, his Royal Highness's most gracious Message was ordered to be takon into consideration on Monday, and the Lords to be summoned. His lordship also stated that the information alluded to in the Prince Regent's Message would be communicated to the House on Monday,
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
SATURDAY, JUNE 27.
PROVINCIAL DISTURBANCES. Lord Castlereagh_delivered a Message from his royal highness the Prince Regent, to the following purport :
"G. P. R.-His royal highness the Prince Regent, acting in the name and on the behalf of his Majesty, has ordered to be laid before Parliament copies of certain informations which his Royal Highness has received, respecting certain violent and unlawful proceedings which have lately taken place in some of the Northern and Midland Counties. His Hoyal Highness relies on the wisdom and experience of Parliament to adopt such measures as may be thought necessary for the preservation of the lives and properties of his Majesty's faithful and peaceable subjects.
His lordship then moved that this Message be taken into consideration on Monday next.
Mr. Brougham expressed his concern, that after those disturbances had so long existed, the notice of them should have been put off till
so late a period of the session. Still greater was his astonishment that the Call of the House should have been delayed when any measure was to be adopted for the alteration of our laws, which was always, if possible, avoided by our ancestors, even in worse and more dangerous times than the present.
Mr. Giles wished to know if the noble lord intended to found any motion on this Message on Monday next?
Lord Castlereagh said he should propose an Address to his Royal Highness, in answer to his most gracious Message, and also propose that a Select Committee should be appointed to inquire into this subject.
The Report of Mr. Palmer's Claims Bill was brought up, and the Bill ordered to be read a third time on Monday.
Mr. W. Pole brought up the papers respecting the pardon of Walter Hall, convicted of murder at Dublin, in March last, which were ordered to lie on the table.
HOUSE OF LORDS.
MONDAY, JUNE 29.
In the Committee of Privileges on the claim of Sir Charles Douglas, to the titles and dignities of Marquis of Queensberry, &c. Sir Samuel Romilly and Mr. Adam attended on behalf of the Claimant, and the Attorney-General (Sir T. Plomer) on the part of the Crown. The evidence on the part of the Claimant was gone through, and the further consideration was postponed till Thursday.
The Parish Registers Bill passed through a Committee, with Amendments, striking out the clauses relative to Dissenters, and was ordered to be printed as amended.
The Report of Lord Redesdale's Permanent Insolvent Debtors' Bill, was taken into consideration, and some further Amendments having been made by his lordship, including a proviso for sequestrating the Pay of Officers in certain cases, and another proviso respecting persons who, by not surrendering in discharge of their bail, had fixed the bail with the debt. The Bill was ordered to be printed as amended.
Mr Kingston, from the Fast-India House, presented several accounts ordered by the Lords, which were ordered to lie on the table.
The Marquis of Lansdowne gave notice of a motion for to-morrow, for an Address to the Prince Regent, praying for a copy of the Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire respecting the Constitution of Jersey.
Oo tbe motion of Earl Grosvenor, the Sinecure Bill was read a first time, and ordered to be printed, and his lordship gave notice of his intention to move the second reading on Friday, if the prints were then on the table, it being understood between his lordship and Earl Stanhope, that the Bill of the latter relative to Dissenters, which stands for Fulay, should have the precedence.
The Committee on the Bank Token Bill was, on the motion of the Lord Chancellor, postponed till Thursday.
EX-OFFICIO INFORMATIONS. Lord Holland adverted to the notice he had formerly given of his intention to present a Bill relative to Ex-Officio Informations, and stated, that it was his intention to present the Bill in the course of the present week.
Lord Viscount Sidmouth laid on the table a sealed bag of papers containing the information alluded to in the Prince Regent's Message.
The Order of the Day having been read, the Message of his royal highness the Prince Regent was read at the table.
Lord Viscount Sidmouth, in rising to move an Address to his Royal Highness, trusted there would be an unanimous concurrence on the part of their lordships in expressing their gratitude for the communication, and in declaring their determination to take into consideration the documents presented to them, and to adopt such measures as the information communicated might appear to require for the safety and security of his Majesty's loyal and peaccable sub