LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. The Defence Minister undertook to enquire into the recentVolnntoer outrages, and Col. Brett withdrew his motion on the subject. With a view to show some interesting facts in connection with the present, depression, the Hon. R. Hart moved for a return of the number of theatres and racecourses in the colony, but the motion was ultimately withdrawn. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. The Hon. R. Oliver said a statement hy Mr. Conyers in reply to the Civil Service Commissioners’ assertions was in the hands of the printer, and would be laid on the table. Several notices of questions to be asked on the subject of the Commission’s report were given, aim ngst which one by Mr. "Wright, the member for this district—whether Government intended to put a stop to the importation of foreign timber for railway purposes. Major Atkinson announced his intention of moving for an imprest supply to enable him to provide for public business. The Representation Bill was introduced by the Premier, its second reading being ilxed for Thursday week. The no-confidence debate which has now fallen into the hands of the lesser lights w r as taken up, and continued till midnight. Messrs. Speight, Fulton, Te Wheoro, Gibbs, Tainui, Andrews and M‘Lean spoke. Wednesday, June 30. The House met at 2.30. Mr. Hutchison gave notice he would introduce a Bill to restrict Chinese Immigration. Replying to questions put, it was stated that the rent payable for Government Houses at Hokitika —Ll5O per annum—went to the Treasury, and not to the County.—The sum of L 204 had been advanced upon Matakaand A.orangi Block at Waiaupu, East Coast, but it was refunded and the proclamation on the land removed. The land was in occupation of Captain Porter. It was not acquired- by a land purchase agent, as stringent rules prohibited these agents dealing in lands.— Further enquiry showed that LBOO had been paid to plaintiffs solicitor in the iVaka Maori case more than ought to have been paid, and on the authority of the late Native Minister, Mr. Sheehan. The subject would be remitted for enquiry by the Public Accounts Committee. The answer made to this question yesterday was made in error.—Government did not see its way to alter the provision in Licensing Bill abolishing bottle licenses.—The Waimate Plains were being surveyed, and would be opened before long for sale.— Government would not pay rates to the local bodies on lands situated above the given line.—The recommendation of the Royal Commission to offer Civil Service, appointments as prizes to be competed for by students of the New Zealand Universities was being considered, but it had not yet taken a practical shape. Government was desirous of encouraging lie pursuit of technical education, and when the whole question arose Government would endavor to make arrangements accordingly. Government was not disposed to interfere with the objections made by Licensing Commissioners of Invercargill to renew licenses unless the premises were rebuilt of brick, stone, or concrete. A Municipal Bye-law to ihe effect had been passed in Invercargill.— The surplus land fund of Otago and Canterbury had been paid over in accordance with the Financial Arrangements Act.— The Middle Island Engineer reported there was no foundation for the statement made in the report of the Royal Civil Service Commission, page 6, that Wvag< ns built by contract in Dunedin were delivered in Christchurch at the end of last year in a state thus described by a witness—Some of these wore disgraceful ; bad workmansliip, bad timber. The timber was unseasoned stringy bark, instead of iron bark. The joints were not properly made. Some of them had the bottom frames held up only by the nails in the flooring boards. Some of them we have had almost to rebuild within six weeks.”— A deposit of LIOO, with two bondsmen for LSOO was required from the lessees of railway refreshment rooms, and L 5 deposit with similar bondsmen for lesees of bookstalls.—Government could not say that they would support any measure for the equalisation of taxation for local purposes upon gold miners and gold mining property until they saw the measure. The following Bills were introduced Legalising Payment of Members of General Assembly (Mr. Sodden) ; to amend Port Molyneux Reserves Leasing Act, 187 G (Mr. Thompson) ; Fire and Marine Insurance Companies (Mr. Dick); Jackson’s Bay Settlement (Mr. Dick). The No-Confidence debate was resumed by Mr. M'Lean, who spoke in favor of Government, and was continued by Mr. Seddon in Disposition to the financial, policy.
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