,/KT. 40] THE IIOMK 1UJLE BILL 143
Irish Parliament and an Irish Execntive for the management and control of Irish affairs, reserving to the Imperial '.Parliament the following subjects : the Crown, peace or war, the army, navy, militia, volunteers, defence, &e., foreign and colonial relations, dignities, titles oE honour, treason, trade, post office, coinage4. Besides these, 'exceptions,' the Irish Parliament was forbidden to make any laws respecting (inter alia.) the endowment of religion, or in restraint of educational freedom, or relating to the customs or excise*.
The Dublin metropolitan police were to remain under Imperial control for two years, and the Boyal Irish Constabulary for an indefinite, period; but eventually all the Irish police were to be handed over to the Irish Parliament. Ireland's contribution to the Imperial revenue wan to be in the proportion oC one-fifteenth to the. whole. All constitutional questions relating to the powers of the Irish Parliament were to be submitted to thu Judicial Committee of the English Privy Council. The Irish members were to bo excluded from the Imperial Parliament.
Thts Bill was read a first time without a division, but not without sharp criticism from the Tories and DiKBcmticmt Liberate. On April 1(5 Mr; Gladstone introduced a Land Bill, which wan, in fact, a pendant to the Homo Rule Bill. The chief feature of this mca-Hiiro was a Beheme for buying out the Irish landlords and for creating a peasant proprietary. The State was in the. first instance to buy the land at twenty years' purehano of the judicial rentn, or at the Government valuation, and then sell to the tenants, advancing the purchase money (which involved the issue of 50,QQQ,QOOZ. Conftote), and giving them forty-nine years to pay it backuld legislate!?'ll had risen to in n shorter timo than I now take to tell the Htory. Whenoin Mr, (*lml**tunr,* Nr\t <luy tht*