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HOUSE OP REPRESENTATIVES. Wednesday, July 26. The House met at 2.30 this afternoon. THE RAILWAY EMPLOYEES’ WAGES. Sir George Grey gave notice' that he would ask on what date the increase of wages promised to railway employees would be given effect to. PETITION. Mr Postlethwaite presented a petition in favor of the reading of the Bible in schools. QUESTIONS. In reply to questions, it was stated : The Government was most anxious to promote local industry, and in pursuance of that desire an enquiry would be made as to the propriety of offering a bonus of LI,OOO for the production of the first marketable 800 tons of metal whereof manganese is a component part, the said metals being steel, ferromanganese, speigelies, or manganese bronze.—lt was not until a year after the conviction of the prisoner Longhurst the Government was made aware of the evidence of a witness tending in the direction of proving the prisoner's innocence. The degrading part of the sentence had been inflicted before they were made aware of such evidence. The purport of Dr Collins' evidence was known at the time of the trial both to the prosecution and defence, but it was not at the time deemed to be of any great importance.;—That prior to the whipping inflicted on Longhurst the Government had neither directly or indirectly received any communication as to the innocence of the accused.—That at ■ the time of Longliurst’s trial the evidence ■ of Dr Collins was known, but he (Dr , Collins) did not seem to think it of sufficient importance to insist upon its being taken at the time.—The Government saw no necessity to alter the law so as to enable certificates of marriage being obtained I in the district within which the celebration was made.—Efforts would be made to improve the state of the Parliamentary buildings so as to promote the health of members and others engaged in the buildings.—lt was necessary to concentrate the labor of the railway workshops, and in that case the Government would nqt undertake to use the Invercargill shops instead of enlarging Hillside shops.—The Inspectors of Police, with the advice of the law officers of the Crown, were responsible for determining whether the prosecution of suspected persons should be proceeded with or abandoned. It was also the prerogative of the AttorneyGeneral to direct or stay such prosecutions,—Planting of trees on railway reserves and the erection of cottages for platelayers, etc., had been already initiated. BILLS. The following Bills were introduced and read a first time: —To Amend the Public Health Act, 1876; Taumutu Native Reserves; to provide that affirmation shall bo henceforth be made in all cases in lieu of oaths. THE ATTENDANCE OV MEMBERS. On the motion for going into Committee of Supply, Mr Barron moved that the permission extended to members to absent themselves for a period of five days during the sitting of Parliament without any deduction from their allowances shall not apply to the last ten days of the session; and that in addition to the proportionate deduction provided for, a special deduction of L 5 5» per day shall be made from the .honorarium .of any member who so absents himself. The question was put that the original motion stand part of question. Ayes, dB;T noes, 21. -'' THE PROPOSED LOAN. J Mr Moss moved, as ,a. further amendment, that “II was desirable to defer until next session the consideration of the question as to the propriety of adding to |the funded debt of the colony.” He disclaimed all party purpose, and reviewed at great length the financial state ot the

colony, concluding by stating that a serious conflict as to .who would defray the cost of those burdens, whether fh« labor or the property of the colony, most arise. •. '■■r.x Sir G. Grdy seconded the motion. The Hon. Major Atkinson said when the Loan Bill came down he would be prepared to discuss the matter at length, and he would then be prepared to explain the course proposed to be followed by Government *Mr Montgomery also spoke in favor of the discussion beipg postponed until the Loan Bills came down. In that caaethey would only have one instead of two discussion's on the same point. Mr Hurst supported the amendment, but expressed his strong conviction that it would not be carried. Captain McKenzie supported a similar view, but deprecated, as proposed by one of the previous speakers, that the lands along the lines of railway should bn taxed I to make up any deficiency. Sir George Grey spoke in support of the amendment. -. The debate was interrupted by the 5.30 adjournment, and resumed at 7.&0. Mr Macandrew,urged the necessity of delaying’the debate' until the Loan B«1 had made its appearance. • ■ ■ Mr Levestam supported the amendment, contending the loan proposals'as put forward were manifestly unjust to, Nelson, which was left wholly out of the' programme. -n Sir George Grey seconded the amerid ment, as he looked upon the subject asone which ought to be fully discussed. No nation or people could be truly great? unless it borrowed money for reproductive works. He would, however, reserve his remarks until he had the whole of the Government proposals before him. * _ j The motion for going into committee was then put. Ayes, 28;; noes, 11. COMHITTEB OF SUPPLY. Vote: —Property and Tax Department, - L 8,065. Passed. Miscellaneous services, L 26,100. Passed. ' Class 6 Commissioner of Customs' vote, Customs offices and, service, L4,984.' In reply to a question put by Mr Shrimski, the Hon. Major Atkinson said that he understood Mr Seed was about to retire from the public service. He made that announcement with regret* as he Iras a most efficient officer. The fact was Chat the salaries paid these officers: were so small, and the feeling so precarious, that the most efficient men were .disposed to seek other employment of. a znprp Remunerative nature. Mr Levestam asked if it was not a fact that he was about to accept a less salary than he had, in order that he might get his'pension, which would make the total income more than he was getting at present. He was getting LBOO just and he wSa ; going to accept a situation wqrtp. LSOO, so that he might claim his penstod, which would, make the annual income something like a total of LI, 100.., - •• u Mr Swanson thought it wrong jto pay these pensions when men could get into other employments and earn larger wages. It was an abuse of the pension systeip'. The vote was passed as printed. V / Miscellaneous services, L 230. Passed. Marine and Harbors, L 33.011. .. Item, seal fisheries protection, L3lO. Mr Joyce moved that it be struck put, contendihg that the seal trade was hot ojf sufficient importance to warrant an expenditure of this kind. Ho also urgedtifi’e importance of the. islands being visited regularly in search of shipwrecked, per? sons, and that the* provision station* erected and maintained some ydSifs ago should be again brought into operation. The committee ' divided : — Ayes* 18 ; noes, 21. _ . , , Item—Wages and maintenance, L6so* , Mr Joyeo- moved it be struck out, arguing that the money could Ba spent to better advantage in "getting one of the Government steamers to visit the islands. The committee then divided —Ayes, 15; noes, 25. ■ ' ‘ * • The vote then passed. Stamps vote, L 5,730. Passed without debate. . ' Lands and Deeds Registry,* L17,58tt Passed without discussion. ' ' ' Miscellaneous ser vices, L1,Q75._ Pawed as read.' ' Public Trust Office, L 2,800. Passed without discussion. -; -Insurance, L 25,410. Passed wit,bpot discussion. .Minister of Justice, Class 4—L675. Passed. Crown Law office, L 2,275, Passed. Supreme Court, L 7,215. Passed, u - District Court, L 4,763, Passed.,, , , Resident Magistrates’ Court and dens' Court, L 43,250. [The House at this stage for five minutes.] Oh resuming, the following adaiCijnal votes in class 4 were passedCnmiqfJ prosecutions, L 10,400; Coroners L 2,500, Progress was then reported, 1.40 the House adjourned. /. ..i -: A

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PARLIAMENTARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 699, 27 July 1882

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PARLIAMENTARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 699, 27 July 1882

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