LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Tuesday, Judy 0. In the Legislative Council, the Elections Petitions Bill and the Pharmacy Bill were read a first time. The Bank of New Zealand Act Amendment Bill was read a second time without discussion. In reply to Mr. Mantell, the Hon. F. Whitaker said there was a worm somewhat similar to the guinea worm existent in some sheep of the colony, but Dr. Hector was of opinion that the true guinea worm was not to be found in New Zealand. The Native Land Court Bill was recommitted, and the third reading put down for next day. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Tuesday, Judy 6. The House met at 2.30. NOTICE OF MOTION. Mr. Tamoana gave notice that he would ask if Government intend to bring in a Bill this session to increase the number of Maori members. QUESTIONS.
QUESTIONS. Replying to a question by Mr. Saunders, The Hon. J. Hall said that he proposed asking that the House meet in future on Mondays, and that in the event of that request being carried out the Civil Service Commissioners’ report would be brought on for consideration on Monday evening next. Mr. Saunders thereon gave notice for the production of papers and reports relative to the working of the lines, the supply of waggons and carriages said to have been defective, both as regards material and workmanship, as also the production of a variety of information in support of the findings and recommendations of the Civil Service Commissioners. Replying to Mr. Whitaker, The Hon. J. Bryce said that a correct list of officers of militia and volunteers of ‘'Tew Zealand would be forwarded to Eng- , land for publication in the “ Army 7 List,” ■ but the roll required revision and purging first. i Replying to Mr. Murray, j The Hon. J. Hall said that LS,IG9 had j been spent for printing Hansard, Parlia-- j mentary returns, statutes, gazettes, &c., , last year. ( new bills. , The following Bills were introduced * and read a first time :—Bill to Amend the 1 Juatices of the Peace Act, 1866 ; Married j Woman’s Property ; to amend the Mines t let, 1877 (Mr. Finn). i THE ESTIMATES. ® On a motion for going into Committee ‘ of Supply, e Mr. J. 0. Brown moved that all machinery and all head and tail races for mining, agricultural, manufacturing, and other purposes, be exempt from the J operation of the property tax. . j The Hon. Major Alkinson suggested t that the motion should be withdrawn, pointing out that when the Bill was before the House the matter should be t fully discussed. j The motion was withdrawn as suggested, j On the motion for going into Committee j. of Supply, t Mr. Saunders moved as an amend nent —“That a reduction of ten percent, be made on all salaries and wages excepting those connected with the Legislative Be- £ partment, which should be specially dealt j, with, and that Government should make J large reductions in the number of officers by the amalgamation of offices and otherwise, and that all services which were • not indispensable to the efficient performance of the public service be abolished altogether.” The Hon. John Hall said he quite agreed with the motion. To effect these £ reductions and give effect to the motion, the public would have to be prepared to make considerable sacrifices, as facilities and conveniences hitherto provided could ■ not possibly be continued. Mr. Macandrew agreed with the spirit of the proposal, but would prefer a sugHestion which had been made to the effect that the reduction should take place by an amalgamation of offices. j Sir George Grey said that he under- m stood that a motion of this kind was meant to include the salary of the Governor. The Hon. John Hall replied that the salary of the Governor could not be touched until the expiry of the term of iffice of the present incumbent. The motion would be given effect to by a clause J in the Appropriation Act. Mr. Wood said he believed that the amendment had been inspired by the Go- I vernment, audit should have been moved by the Treasurer, who would have been able to give explanations that the member A for Cheviot could not be expected to give. He had tabled a series of resolutions, and rjlie did so not as a matter of party, but as me of business. It was now an understood thing that the amendment before the’ House would either have to be carried or none at all, Government was strong enough to do that. This resolution, and f< those before the House, were in many re- h spects similar. The only material difference between these resolutions was that lie had exempted the wages class, whereas die amendment of the member for Cheviot expressly included that class. He was m lot going to take any exception to that, it the same time, he thought it was wrong. _ filien, again, another similarity between iis propasals and those of tlie Government was that the number of officers were ;o be considerably reduced by the amalgamation of offices and otherwise. Then, igain, he proposed that the Agent-Gene-:al’s department should be abolished. g The Hon. Major Atkinson said that the resolutions of Mr. Saunders were not, as iad been stated, the resolutions of the Government. Had they been, they would rave been moved by the Government, fihey were resolutions which the Government understood expressed the views of die majority of the House, and as they ivent in a direction Government desired ,t had adopted them. What they understood was that by ten per cent, to be reduced from salaries and other reductions i total of from LIBO,OOO lo L 200,000 should be saved on the annual expend!- sc hire, but the reduction this year would inly be from L 70,000 to LBO,OOO. After a number of members had spoken in the subject, and the majority of them proposing amendments, which on being C put to the vote, were lost, the original motion of Mr. Saunders was put and igreed to. Progress was reported, and the House | rose at 12.30. f Wednesday, July 7. i " The House met at 2.30 p.m. Sir W. Fox gave notice that he would ask if an officer employed in the Railway Department, and paid a salary of L 1,500 per annum received a bonus from Government of LSOO last year. If so, by whose authority that bonus was given ? Replying to questions put it was slated / that no fresh negotiations for the purchase v of native lands had been entered into by the Land Purchase Department since the accession of the present Government. —It was proposed to reduce the number of small district gaols as much as possible. It was not intended to bring in a Bill this session for increasing the number of Maori members. S Mr. Dick introduced the Hawkers and ti Pedlars Bill, which was read a first time. Bl Mr Reid moved that the Printing and Debates Committee he instructed to inquire into and report in what manner retrenchment can be effected in the cost of i
Hansard. He stated it cost L 6,000 per annum, the corrections alone amounting to L3CK. Mr. jiiam seconded, stating that he was prepared in Committee to give the subject his best attention, .hoping that the appeal would receive more consideration than, a report on the same subject received last • year. Major Atkinson said Government agreed with the motion, which was carried. Mr. Acton Adams moved that the three petitions presented by Thomas Butler, late keeper of the Nelson Lunatic Asylum, and all correspondence between him and the Government, belaid on the table. , Mr. Pitt, the other member for Nelson, opposed the motion, saying the papers contained disgusting details. The motion was negatived. Amotion to printandcirculate among the Maori population the speeches delivered in the House by native members, was referred to the Debates Committee. Mr. J. B. Fisher’s motion was carried as follows :—“ That there be laid before the House a return, showing in respect of each postal town in the colony (1) the number of officials other than police in such town ; (iT the offices filled by each official ; (3) the salary paid in respect of each office ; and (4) the total salary paid to each officer. Mr. Turnbull moved that a return be laid before the House, showing the amount of money paid to Grant and Forster, or any other pc s ms, for expenses in connection with the visit of these gentlemen to the colony. Mr. Wallis was moving a resolution against the colony raising any more loans, when the House rose at 5.30.
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