The following items of Friday night’s Parliamentary sitting appeared in Saturday’s “Press”:— Wellington, Oct. 24. Mr Hall this afternoon moved that the House go into Committee of Supply, and invited Mr Macau drew to ventilate his grievance. Mr Macandrcw asked that the no confidence motion might be placed first on the order paper after supply. Mr Hall then promised to postpone all business till the no confidence question was settled.
Sir George Grey moved for correspondence between the Government and the seceding Auckland members. This was negatived, Mr Wood said he was not ashamed of Iris action. He had promised his constituents to support Liberalism, with Sir George Grey as leader. Sir George Grey having resigned his leadership, he felt free to vote as he liked. The Opposition offered him the Trcasurcrship in a contingent Ministry. Mr Macandrcw had even offered him the Premiership, but he felt that any Ministry from the Opposi-
1 tion would be unable to comraaßddpfMi- . fidence. He denied that any t promises had been made to the Auckland members. Nothing more had been promised than that, if it was found that Auckland had not received her fair proportion of works the balance would be made up. A supply of £300,000 was granted. The other business was unimportant. It is expected that the want of confidence will be discussed on Tuesday. In the House in the evening, Major Atkinson asked for supply at once. Sir George claimed the right to continue the debate, though not opposing supplies. The Supply Bill was then passed. Sir George Grey continued, referring to to the desertions from his party, and blaming three gentlemen for hiding the thing. The member for Marsden certainly had the courage to tell him. Still he (Sir George Grey) was sanguine that right would triumph, and the majority in favor of the Liberal party . would .bo-. -» largely augmented. ■ . . Mr Reid followed, condemning the members who had abandoned the party. , ; . Mr Macandrew referred to Mr Wood’s statement regarding the Premiership, stating it was an after dinner affair, and that he said to Mr Wood that the Governor would not sene for him (Mr Macandrew), and that Mr Wood was better fitted for it, but that they should' first catch their hare. Mr Moss denounced the actoin taken by the Auckland members, and condemned the member for Waitomata especially.
Mr DeLautour accused the member for Waitomata of acting from a feeling of disappointment, because he went Home to get the Agent-Generalship and returned without it. He said that Mr Wood was the loudest in urging that Mr Macandrew should retain his leadership to the end of the session. He considered the whole thing pitiable, especially the way in which it had been kept secret. He considered Auckland was committing suicide, and hoped the party would stand firm and have nothing to do with men who acted falsely. “ . The Council met at 8.30, and passed the Imprest Bill through all stages. It then adjourned till Tuesday. It is tolerably certain that Mr Reader Wood was sworn in as a member of the Ministry to-day. Messrs Swanson, Hurst, and Colbeck agree to vote with the Government. Tonioana also votes with the Government. Mr Lundon and another member will walk out of the House when the division is called. The Committee on Dr. Wallis and Mr. Hurst’s election report against the petitioner, on the ground that the forms ef the House were not complied with, and the Elections Petitions Act does not make atay provision for a single petition against two - members.
The Heathcote Bridges Bill, introduced by Mr Fisher, contains four clauses. The preamble sets out the necessity of, em- ; powering the Hoad Board of Heathcote, district to construct and maintain a bridge, over the Heathcote River at the end of Cemetry road and such other places above the said road as may be necessary. ' Subject to the provisions of the Public Works Act, 1876, the Board is struct and maintain such bridgcHn 'free public bridges, and may interrupt the navigation of the river Heathcote. 1 Sir George Grey’s Bill to make grants of Grown lands as sites for working-men’s clubs contains four clauses. It empowers . the Governor to set apart Grown lands forthis purpose irk cities, towns, or places where such clubs are established. Grants of land so set apart to be made to trustees without power to sell, lease, or charge upon such lands. Mr Brandon’s Land Transfer Bill con- T tains three clauses. It repeals the proviso. 5« to section 97 of the Land Transfer Act, 1870, and substitutes another. Before registering a transfer or other dealing, the District Land Registrar will require the transferee or other party dealing with the land comprised in the certificate of title, lease, or other instrument, to make affidavit that he has not transferred or otherwise dealt with the land comprised therein ; that he has not deposited such lease, certificates, or other documents m security for any loan ; and the reoistrar must give fourteen days’ notice in a newpspaper and in the “ Gazette ” of the intention, of gister. Section 4 of the Land Transfer 1 ' Act, 1870, Amendment Act, 1876, is re- , pealed.
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