11 DECEMBER 1909, Page 1


'DARLIAMENT was prorogued on the afternoon of Friday,

December 3rd. The King's Speech contained no surprise, but the passage in which regret is expressed that the provision to meet "the heavy additions to the national expenditure due to the requirements of Imperial defence and social reform" has "proved unavailing "—a perfectly legitimate commentary on the situation—has actually been interpreted in some quarters as a personal expression of opinion by the Sovereign. According to official information, the Dissolution of Parlia- ment has been fixed for January 8th, the writs will be issued on the same day, and the earliest polling in the boroughs will be on January 13th. Judged by the analogy of the General Election of 1906, which began on January 12th, the county pollings will begin about the 17th or 18th, and the Election will be over by the end of the month.