(From on a own vJobrbbpondenx,) Wellington, September 6. THE KO CONPj[DE>Oa QUESTION. . The Premier's statement was awaited with considerable excitement this afternoon, although it was known that the meeting of Govornmsnt supporters this morning had deoided that the amendment was not ' to be treated ob one of no oopfidenoe m the Government; that Ministerial explanations ia reference to the Ward Christie affair were to be made j and that aU Bills that could poaßibly be held over were to be dropped, with a view to r bringing the (tension to a epeedy close. Sir H- Atkinson said as to tae position the Government assumed regarding the amendment, looking at tho fast that the amendment came from an hon member, who, though much respeoted was m the lower ranks of the Opposition — The Speaker: All members occupy the same rank In the House. (Cheers.) Sir H. Atkinaon aaid he had no intention of casting any slur on the bo« member, but it, was true that the mover of the amendment did not sit on the front benohea.
• ■ Mr Beddon ; The leader of the Oppoeition approved of the amendment. fiir H. Atkinson : Yes, and he was ' •►named of him for allowing a member not elttiog on the front Oppoaltion benches to 1 move Buoh an amendoisat. As the mover • of the amendment was not m the front ' ranks of the Opposition, tM Government » did not intend to treat it as oneofno- ■ confidence, and did not intend even to dehate it. If the Opposition wanted to ; have a trial of utrencth with <he Uovern- ' memt he was willing to meet tbem whan- » ever they pleaaed. (Mr Ballance : Hear, > hear.) The amendment was not moved 1 with the Intention of obtaining inforraa- ' tion, or even to get an expression of 1 opinion from the House, bat merely to ' discredit a member of the Government. 1 Neither the Minister of Justice not himself would make any explanation on the subject nntil the motion was disposed of, 1 but if af^er that any nwmber on his own 1 aide of the House chose to ask for such an explanation It would be given, Mr Ballanoe aitd that fn, tba House of ' Commons the policy of the Government w»b dally assailed by members of the rank »n,d file of the Opposition, The ho a 1 gentleman had talked about "waste of time," when his policy Bills hid. been thrown to the winds, and. when be tofts Invited to discuss a grive question affecting the administration of jastloe. He ; reminded the **• that Mf Grlmmond ffhfio be moved this amendment sat on the front Opposition benches (laughter and obeera). He concluded by saying the Opposition weuld Insist on theli right to orf tlotie the Government, and express tbsir opinions without fear or favor. After this declaration of course the bottom was knooked out of the no confidence amendment, and fcfter several members, Including Messrs Seddon, Fish, Fltohett and Hutchison h*d expressed their oondemnatlon of Mr Fergus' aotlon In the matter the amendment was negatived on the voloes, and the House went Into Com* mlttee of Supply on the Rail-ray estimates. THE MIDDLE PARTY. A meeting of the Freetrade or Middle Party was held thin morning, at which It was decided that members of that party oonld not support the amendment. MONDAY BITTING. The Tlousb will sit on Monday afternoon for the transaction of Government business only. BXOUBBION. At the Invitation of Mr Mills members will make an excursion to Qaeen Charlotte Sound, leaving to-morrow, night and returning on Sunday night. THE RAILWAY COMMISSIONERS, The whole evenlrjg baa been oooupled with n discussion on the administration nf the Railway Department, and especially with regard to the appointment of the Railway Qommlsiioners. Mr Walker led off a sharp attaok on the oondnot of the Government In making theae appointments, and they hove boen very severely condemned from all sides of the House, and at present there le an amendment before th« House to rpan.ee the railway rote by £IQO as a protest against the appointment, of three civil servants, and it has been eald over and over again thai had the House known that snoh eppointmf nts were to be made, the BUI providing for the appointment of a r»M«|fej board to take control of the railways for fiv« years woald never h^ve been agreed to, Mr Maxwell, tha late General-Manager of r*llw&y«i and now a member of the Board has oorae In for some very severe knocks daring the dlsousßlon. Wellington, September 7 The House tat till 2.45 this morning, and the whole of the Public Works Bfttlmatesi amounting to £574,061 were paused, with very little dieonsslon, and no alterations now remain. Only Supplementary estimates ar,e now to be dealt •With. . -•': i% Acaorainß to a return !ji^ on tho table of the House the cost of lepfttfirtfinesß transacted for the Government dud «' ibo yp«ra 1884 1885, 1886, 1887, and 1888 was £31,935 la 6d, of whfeh £19,868 was paid to Crown Proßiontorß ana eolioitors, and, 013,560 lor' ottw li|il iiiiitiooe, * ' -
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