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;^* -The House met at 2.80 p.m. '.■"' :■-.-■■'■■ m QUESTIONS. ' ■ '.. ■ Replying to questions, Ministers stated -, .there was no truth in tlie statement made -.-: (ht'ftft English Journal, called "Fair Play," . •■> to the effect that two members of the s'•'^Government owed £60,000 to the Bank of ■"! Zealand ; Government had advanced 19s 3d to the New Plymouth 'Harbour Board in, October last—the sum B/tiwl been advanced in the interests of the Hrolbriy; Government were still taking to abolish the Public Works De- ; Government could not afford stock streams with trout. . bills. Bills were introduced :— Parliament Bill. AucBill. Deceased Husband's Marriage Bill. m^B^ CONDUCT OF BUSINESS. said he understood a resohad been arrived at that morning Hrespectirigthe conduct of business in the ■House. He asked , whether it was not Vusual to make a statement,on such occa- , , sions. , „ ■ . .;;,. „■ The Hon T. W. Hislopsaid the Premier would no doubt make a statement when he took his seat in the House.

*' ■"■ ; M(3ISTRArriON OV ELECTORS. Mr Fulton resumed the debate on the Registration of Electors Bill, liis remarks ■ on, the Bill, having been interrupted •"Mori the ' f previous day by the 5.30 adjournment. He, failed to see any force iiithe argument that persons •■'■ wuldtibt 1 understand the process of rsspsifcration under,this Bill, and'held. that at present it was perfectly impossible for the registration officers to purge the rolls. Mr Peacock said ;the Bill would have hearty ; support. He referred to a case ■mr Auckland at the last election, in which - 1500 circulars had been issued by one candidate, and no less than 350 were re-' , turned as not being able to be found. ' i Mr Fisher contended that if the Bill, * became law it would prevent at leakt two thousand people being placed on the rolls «■ ;in Wellington. It was most conservative ■?' in its tendency, and would disfranchise large numbers of working men. * The principle of registration in this Bill was V one" which he hoped would never lome into force in this colony. ■ ' Air Reeves (Si Albans) could say that " the St Albans roll had been purged since '' the last election, and the same was done '" at Christchurch. ■• If this Bill were passed, at least one-half of the people in Christs.chlirch would be disfranchised by it. IHe .•jflhould'oppose the Bill at every stage. I STATEMENT B>T THB PREMIER. 1 , The Hon E. Mitchelson moved the ad- ; ; iournment of the debate to enable tlhe '"'Premifir to make a. statement. I s; ;Sir H. Atkinson said with the pqr--1 mission of the House he desired to make ajshort statement.. He said that owning „to the state of his health he had for son^e t'time past felt himself in a somewhat anomalous' position.* T^ie circumstances were so peculiar and difficult that it had been impossible to finally decide what was the right course to pursue until to-day j and'he took the first opportunity of ex-j Staining to the House what had been one. He had unfortunately been so unwell that his medical advisers had told, him it would be absolutely dangerous for him to enter into any exciting debate, whatever. He had therefore thought the , proper course to pursue would be to' retire, but his friends were very averse to his doing that, and he therefore "proposed not to resign,, but to jetain the Premiership. He was going to ask the House the extraordinary indulgence to excuse him from attending the chief debates. /'. He proposed to superin* ■tend the work of the Government, but not to undertake any work which would be 'dangerous to him in his present condition. iHe f might say, he was quite capable of doing work riot of an exciting nature. He wished to: assure the House that if was not from any desire to escape work he asked " for an indulgence of this kind. Mr-Ballance said they were not alto- ' gether unprepared on that side of the House for the announcement that had just been made, by the Premier. So far as it affected the lion, gentleman's illness, he >-might l say that" sincerely and heartily they . extended to the hon gentleman their warm j 'sympathy, and he trusted the illness would not be aggravated by the public business "which he was ablo to perform. With regard to the arrangements just made, he j would take an early opportunity of stating '• his opinion on it; but, he was quite sure the indulgence asked for by the Premier, so far as regarded his own personal convenience and health, would be readily t extended to him by the House. Mr W. P, Reeves (St Albans) asked -whether the Premier would retain the leadership of the House, or whether any -of his colleagues would do so. ■ ■ Sir H. Atkinson said he should be the, nominal leader, and the responsibility "would rest with him.; but he should have to absent himself from great debates. His Honorable colleague the Native Minister -would lead the House in his absence. ; The House rose at 5.30 p.m.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2453, 28 June 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2453, 28 June 1890

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