HC Deb 03 July 1843 vol 70 cc559-61

The House in committee on the Arms (Ireland) Bill.

On the 9th clause being read,

Mr. More O'Ferrall

rose and justified the course which he and those who were opposed to the bill took on Thursday night, in respect to the postponement of this clause, and again urged the postponement of the clause. He was understood to add, that at a meeting of Irish Members held this day, it was determined to resist the further progress of the measure, in consequence of the defective manner ill which many of its parts had been framed.

Lord Eliot

would not recur to the angry discussion of Thursday night, but merely state that the clause now presented was not a new one, but was intended to avoid some of the objections taken to that for which it was substituted.

Lord J. Russell

reminded the noble Lord that the excluded clause contained what was sheer nonsense, and, that for that reason its postponement had been urged upon Ministers. Some hon, Members because the Opposition side of the House wished to omit nonsense, had been very angry, and had called the resistance factious. Even the first Lord of the Treasury had charged his opponents with debating the whole bill upon particular clauses. The clause now proposed was perhaps free from the objections taken to the other, but it was a point for the Chairman to decide whether it were not a new clause, and could not, therefore, now be introduced.

Mr. Green

(the Chairman) apprehended that it was not a new clause.

Sir Robert Peel

was not conscious that he, for one, had betrayed any great degree of temper on a former night. He doubted, had the noble Lord been in office, whether he would have preserved his equanimity so well, considering that this bill contained seventy-two clauses, and, that now, after eight or nine nights of discussion, the committee had only arrived at the fourth or fifth clause. He and his friends were anxious to meet every fair objection.

Viscount Clements

moved, that certain words in the clause should be omitted, and insisted that such a bill so forced upon Parliament, had never been seen since the days of Sir Edward Poynyngs. He utterly denied that any necessity for it had been established, and maintained that it was called for only by a few police-officers about Dublin Castle.

After a considerable discussion the committee divided on the question, that the words proposed to be left out stand part of the clause:—Ayes 128; Noes 69: Majority 59.

Amended clause agreed to.

On clause 10,

Mr. W. S. O'Brien

said, he thought that increased facilities should be given to parties who had lost their licences, to obtain certificates from the clerk of the peace instead of from the justices in petty sessions and proposed to leave out some words, and insert others, to carry out that view.

Mr. T. C. Smith

was of opinion that the increase of the number of certificates would be very inconvenient.

The committee divided on the question that the words proposed to be left out stand part of the question:—Ayes 69; Noes 29: Majority 40.

Amendment negatived.

Clause again put.

Mr. Pigott

moved an amendment; the substantial object of which was, that the magistrates at petty sessions should grant to a party who has lost his licence to keep arms, a certificate, by reference to the lists of licensed persons given to them by the clerk of the peace, without requiring a preliminary certificate of registry, signed by that officer.

Mr. T. C. Smith

opposed the amendment as unnecessary, and involving considerable additional expense.

The committee divided on the question that the words be inserted:—Ayes 27: Noes 55: Majority 28.

[We subjoin this list out of several which contains the fewest names, to preserve a memorial of those who were most pertinacious and constant in opposing every part of the bill, as we subjoin the names of those who voted on the whole clause to preserve the most numerous divisions in the evening.]

List of the AYES.
Barnard, E. G. Marsland, H.
Bowring, Dr. O'Brien, W. S.
Brotherton, J. Pigot, rt. hn. D.
Chapman, B. Tancred, H. W.
Clements, Visct. Thornely, T.
Crawford, W. S. Wall, C. B.
Dawson, hon. T. V. Watson, W. H.
D'Eyncourt, rt. hn.C. Wawn,J. T.
Gore, hon.R. Williams, W.
Granger, T. C. Wood, B.
Hall, Sir B. Wyse, T.
Hatton, Capt. V.
Hill, Lord M. TELLERS.
Howard, P. H. O' Conor Don
Leader, J. T. Norreys, Sir D.
List of the NOES.
Archbold, R. Flower, Sir J.
Arkwright, G. Forman, T. S.
Baillie, Col. Gaskell, J. Milnes
Baillie, H. J. Gladstone, rt.hn.W.E.
Baring, hon. W. B. Gordon, hn. Capt.
Baskerville, T. B. Graham, rt. hn. Sir J.
Boldero, H. G. Halford, H.
Botfield, B. Hamilton, G. A.
Cardwell, E. Hardinge, rt.hn.SirH.
Clive. hon R H. Hayes, Sir E.
Corry, rt. hn. H. Hepburn, Sir T.
Cripps, W. Hope, hn. C.
Darby, G. Hope, G. W.
Denison, E. B. Knatchbull, rt.hn.SirE
Dickinson, F. H. Masterman, J.
East, J. B. Maxwell, hon. J. P.
Eliot, Lord Meynell, Capt.
Ferguson, Sir R. A, Nicholl, rt. hn, J.
O'Brien, A. S. Sutton, hon. H. M.
Peel, rt. hon. Sir R. Tennent, J. E.
Peel, J. Tollemache, J.
Plumtre, J. P. Trench, Sir F. W.
Polhill, F. Vesey, hn. T.
Pollock, Sir F. Vivian, J. E.
Pringle, A. Wellesley, Lord C.
Shaw, rt. hon. F. Young, J.
Smith, rt. hn. T. B. C. TELLERS.
Stewart, J. Freemantle, Sir T.
Stuart, W. V. Baring, H.

Amendment rejected. Clause ordered to stand part of the bill.

On clause 11, which provides, that licensed persons changing abode shall give notice,

Mr. Pigott

moved to insert in the 4th and 5th line of the clause instead of "produce before two or more magistrates,' the words "apply to,"

The committee divided on the question, that the words proposed to be left out, stand part of the clause: — Ayes 81; Noes 36: Majority 45.

Mr. M. J. O'Connell

moved that "statement" be substituted for "description."

The committee again divided on the question, that the word "description" be left out:—Ayes 106; Noes 36: Majority 70.

Viscount Clements

objected to the penalty imposed on persons changing their place of abode, and not giving notice of such change, and moved, to substitute the words, "one pound" for the words "five pounds."

Lord Eliot

opposed the amendment, and pointed out, that the penalty might be reduced at the discretion of the convicting justice.

The committee divided on the question that the blank be filled up with the words "five pounds ":—Ayes 162; Noes 66: Majority 96.

The committee again divided on the motion, that the clause as amended stand part of the bill:—Ayes 154; Noes 65: Majority 89.

List of the AYES.
Acland, Sir T. D. Bernard, Visct.
A'Court, Capt. Blackburne, J. I.
Acton, Col. Blackstone, W. S.
Allix,J. P. Blakemore,
Antrobus, E. Boldero, H. G.
Arbuthnot, hon. H. Botfield, B.
Arkwright, G. Bradshaw, J.
Baillie, Col. Bramston, T. W.
Baring, hon. W. B. Broadley, H.
Baskerville, T. B. M. Broadwood, H.
Beckett, W. Brooke, Sir A. B.
BentincK, Lord G, Bruce, Lord E.
Buller, Sir J. Y. Lowther, J. H.
Bunbury, T. Lowther, hon. Col.
Chelsea, Visct. Mackenzie, T.
Clerk, Sir G. Mc. Geachy, F. A.
Clive, Visct. Manners, Lord J.
Clive, hon. R. H. Marsham, Visct.
Colquhoun, J. C. Martin, C. W.
Compton, H. C. Masterman, J.
Courtenay, Lord Maxwell, hn. J. P.
Cresswell, B. Meynell, Capt.
Cripps, W. Miles, P. W. S.
Darner, hon. Col. Morgan, O.
Darby, G. Neeld, J.
Denison, E. B. Neeld, J.
Dickinson, F. H. Newdegate, C. N.
Douglas, Sir C. E. Newport, Visct.
Douro, Marq. of Newry, Visct.
Drummond, H. H. Nicholl, rt. hon. J.
Duncombe, hon. O. O'Brien, A.
Do Pre, C. G. Palmer, R.
East, J. B. Palmer, G.
Eaton, R. J. Patten, J. W.
Egerton, W. T. Peel, rt. hon. Sir R.
Egerton, Sir P. Peel, J.
Eliot, Lord Pennant, hon. Col.
Escott, B. Plumptre, J. P.
Estcourt, T. G. B. Polhill, F.
Farnham, E. B. Pollock, Sir F.
Feilden, W. Praed, W. T.
Flower, Sir J. Pringle, A.
Follett, Sir W. W. Pusey, P.
Fuller, A. E. Rashleigh, W.
Gaskell, J. Milnes Round, J.
Gladstone, rt.hn.W.E. Rushbrooke, Col.
Gladstone, Capt. Scarlett, hon. R. C.
Godson, R. Seymour, Sir. H. B
Gordon, hon. Capt. Shaw, rt. hon. F.
Gore, W. O. Sibthorp, Col.
Gore, W. R. O. Smith, rt. hn. T. B. C.
Graham, rt. hn. Sir J. Smollett, A.
Grogan, E. Somerset, Lord G.
Hale, R. B. Spry, Sir S. T.
Halford, H. Stanley, Lord
Hamilton, J. H. Sutton, hon. H M.
Hamilton, G. A. Talbot, C. R. M.
Hamilton, W. J. Tennent, J. E.
Hamilton, Lord C. Thesiger, F.
Hardinge, rt.hn.SirH. Thornhill, G.
Hayes, Sir E. Tollemache, J.
Henly, J. W. Trench, Sir F. W.
Hepburn, Sir T. B. Trollope, Sir J.
Herbert, hon. S. Trotter, J.
Hervey, Lord A. Tyrrell, Sir J. T.
Hope, G. W. Verner, Col.
Hughes, W. B. Vesey, hon. T.
Hussey, T. Waddington, H. S.
Irton, S. Wellesley, Lord C.
Johnstone, Sir J. Wilbraham, hn. R. B.
Jolliffe, Sir W. G. H. Williams, T. P.
Kemble, H. Wood, Col.
Knatchbull, rt. hn.SirE Wortley, hn. J. S.
Knight, H. G. Wortley, hon. J. S.
Lefroy, A. Wynn, Sir W. W.
Lennox, Lord A.
Leslie, G. P. TELLERS.
Lincoln, Earl of Fremantle, Sir T.
Lockhart, W. Young, Mr.
Aldam, W. Marshall, W.
Archbold, R. Marsland, H.
Baring, rt. hon. F. T. Mitcalfe, H.
Bell, J. Morris, D.
Bernal, Capt. Murphy, F. S.
Blewett, R. J. Napier, Sir C.
Bowring, Dr. O'Connell, M. J.
Brotherton, J. O'Connor Don
Carew, hon. R. S. O'Ferrall, R. M.
Cavendish, hon. C. C. Ogle, S. C. H.
Chapman, B. Palmerston, Visct.
Clements, Visct. Pechell, Capt.
Colborne, hn.W.N. R. Pigot, rt.hon. D.
Colebrooke, Sir T. E. Power, J.
Craig, W. G. Protheroe, E.
Crawford, W. S. Ross, D. R.
Dalrymple, Capt. Russell, Lord J.
Dawson, hon. T. V. Russell, Lord E.
Duncan, Visct. Seale, Sir J. H.
Duncan, G. Smith, J. A.
Duncombe, T. Stuart, W. V.
Esmonde, Sir T. Strutt, E.
Evans, W. Tancred, H. W.
Ewart, W. Thorneley, T.
Fitzroy, Lord C. Trelawny, J. S.
Gill, T. Wall, C. B.
Gore, hon. R. Wallace, R.
Hallyburton, Lord J.F. Watson, W. H.
Hatton, Capt. V. Wood, B.
Hill, Lord M. Wyse, T.
Howard, hon. J. K. Yorke, H. R,
Howard, P. H. TELLERS'
Howard, hon. H. Barron, Sir H. W.
Hutt, W. Collett, J.

Clause agreed to.

House resumed. Committee to sit again.

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