(Fbom oub own Corbtopondbot,)
Wellington, September 4. IDBINESB.
No questions were answered this, afternoon, aud it is understood thst th& House will eit on Monday morning next fo order to dispose of the accumulation. o£ questions now on the Order Piper, ■ The afternoon sitting was occupied wi'ih a number of minor Bills, principally affecting Native, aftairn, and just before five o'olock wenifc into Committee of Supply on the estimate*; MCOTBRY 0* BATES. The Public Petitions Committee teeommend that the Biting Aot b? amended m the direction of providing that personal eecvloa of summonses foe rates uhall be a condition precedent to reoox^vy of the rate and sale of land foe rvon-payment thereof, ouoh non-serviae of summons should not be a bat to the looal body recovering the rats after, the lapse of two years, INBURAHOB COMPANIES BVUL. After repeated attempts to tffdet aoompromise between the two Chambers In reference to the two olauaes m tho Fire and Marine Insurance Companies BIU, propqoad by Mr John Hall and Me Downle Stewart, the managers of the free oonferenoe this evening agreed that Mr Downie Stewart's clause, aiming at uniformity of conditions of policies, should be abandoned. Sir John Hall's olauie,. providing for co-operative Inauranoe, was* after a prolonged discussion agreed to,, aabjeot to the provleo that the quallfioa--tlon of a shareholder of such company/ should be the holding of shares to the* value of £10 of which £5 is paid up, BABBITS. Only one olasa of tbe estimate! wit disposed of between 7.30 and 11 p,m., a very long discussion arising over the administration of the Babbit Aot. Mr. John McKoozla alleged that the lnspeoto/^ did not do their duty, and said that one Inspector had boon removed from Inferoarglll to Dunedln baoauae bo bad got his d'airlet Into suoh a mess that he was afraid to face the reßolts of, his negleok and mlsmanngemont. Hij taid he oonld not get the Inspectors to do their duty, and challenged the Minister to appoint a Royal Oommlslon to enqalre Into the adminiatratlon of the Rabbit Aot, and if ha. failed to substantiate the charges he bail made he wonld willingly pay the ooat* of tho Commission. Messrs MpKeoKle,. Ward, Bruoe and otbee membeva complained of reoent appolntmonts and removals m the department Mr Brnoa golnp «o far an to soy t.Vjat »- recent | appointment on the Weak Ooast, North* Island, had done moro to weaken the* Governmont than any of their previou» aots. Me Qonaa wanted a rate struck iv th& district banefited by the Sou,th Canterbury Babbit Fenoe^ aa i that the coat of the same might be rer oouped, but the Minister said that work waß one of the boat the Qovernment had yet undertaken, and fully justified tb» expenditure mnde upon it. The. total vote of the Stock brnoeh ultimately pasieA without alteration.
WBuaNOTOK, September 5 Tha Houbb tat till 2.15 this morning and ptßßed all the votoi for Lunda and Mines and Native departments. A redaction of £5 w«b made ou the vote for expanoeß for InveotJgaHon of grasses and. other agricultural subjects as an lnd*~ oation that the vote wna oDnecessary. Tfel* was the only tednotlon made. The HonMr Mitohelaon waa very acxloaa ta get; the estimate:) tbrongh, but Bovef.-yf mombsifß plainly indicated that o> a;ood deal' wcnJd bo said on tho sppolniwant of tha* Railway Oommtosfoniirß uni the Minister^ was relnotantly compelled to abandon the^ idea of getting Ml citim^ef tbipugh ip,~
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