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PARLIAMENTARY.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Monday, July 27. After a lot of unimportant talk on Monday afternoon, the House got on to the Estimates at 5.30, and passed the Library vote, in the general expenses of the Legislative Department, L3OO. In the evening, the Hansard vote was discussed, and passed with a few* reductions, pending the Committee’s report. The following items were reduced :—Property Tax Department, L 28,418 reduced by L 2,000. Audit of County and Road Board accounts, L2,7Q0 —struck out. Commissioner of Customs, L 42,622 3s. 6d.—reduced by L 2,000. The item, L 1,070, expenses of weather report and storm signals, was struck out. A long discussion too place on the Education vote of L 297,730, most of the speakers contending that wo aimed at giving too high an education altogether. Mr Rolleston contended for the retention of good education, and that we should not rank behind other colonies in the excellence of our system, but was prepared for a reduction of L 32,000. Mr. M'Caughan moved the reduction of the vote by L 50,000. At 1 a.m. the House rose.

Tuesday, July 27. After questions, etc., the House went into Committee of Supply, and resumed the debate on the education vote reduction motion of Mr. M’Oaughan. The debate continued over the evening, sitting, and ultimately Mr. M'Oaughan withdrew his original motion, and substituted; one with the amount of reduction increased to LG4,000. A division of 15 to 58 negatived this motion, and one was passed reducing

the vote by L 30,000. The vote for District? Court L 5,085 was reduced by Li,Boo, Mr. Rollesion saying that cheap justice had not been a success in this ; colony.? The? R. M. and Wardens’ Court vote of: L 48,216, was reduced by LI,OOO, the Hon. W. Fox suggesting the discharge of clerks and bailiffs in small towns, and having the work done by the constables. The vote of L 39,529, for prisons, was reduced by L 2,000. All the other votes on the Estimates taken up by the House were passed, and the House rose at 12.30. Wednesday, July 28. The'House met at 2.30 p.m. Mr. Whitaker presented a petition from the Patetere block natives, praying that the proclamation ever their lands be removed. Replying to questions, it was stated that Government did not think it advisable to frame a Bill during the recess providing that Ministers, before taking office, should have to be re-elected by their constituents. —Government was desirous of giving every encouragement for the development of goldfields, but at this late period of the session they were not disposed to discuss the desirableness of a commission being appointed to report on the goldfields.—■ Government intended to fulfil the promise made re introduction of the Redistribution of Seats Bill, and it would be circulated at once. The Hon. John Hall gave notice that he would move that the House sit on Friday at 11 a,m. to dispose of certain new political measures on the Order Paper. The Governor’s assent to the Maori Prisoners Bill was received, and a notification that a further Imprest Supply Bill would be asked.

The Hon. John Hall,, alluding to a speech by Sir George Grey on the Maori Prisoners Bill, in which he stated that the Governor had promised a deputation of Maoris that the Bill, would be brought on in January or February last, said he had the Governor’s permission to state that no such promise was given.

Te Wheora, Tawhai, and Tainui stated they were present at the interview referred to,- and they distinctly understood the promise in question to have been made to them.

Sir George Grey stated he had taken the precaution to take the statement made by the Maoris to him in writing, and got them to sign their names thereto. He thought a misunderstanding had arisen, but, still, he was not by any means disposed to think the Maoris were solely responsible therefor. Permission having been granted, Sir George Grey moved that his name be struck off the Native Affairs Committee, which was carried without dissent. Mr. Thomson moved the recommittal of the vote Native Lands Court (L 10,267) with the view of getting it struck out.. It was passed at a late hour last night, when most of the members were absent. Mr. Sheehan defended the vote.

Mr. Macandrew complained that this was another of the irregularities resulting from the House persisting in sitting to untimely hours, when only a few members were present, who were not in a fit state to transact important business. He supported the proposal for striking out the vote. Mr. Bowen and Mr. Moorhouse spoke in favor of the vote. - The debate was interrupted [by the adjournment at 5.30.

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PARLIAMENTARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 132, 29 July 1880

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