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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. TUESDAY, JULY 15. The House met at 2.30 p.m. QUESTIONS. In reply to Mr Smith, Mr Mitchelson said that Mr Preece, the Resident Magistrate at Napier, had. been provided with funds to secure for settlement purposes, Waikopiro and other native blocks m the Seventy Mile Bush, and had acquired some of the land, but found it difficult to deal with the natives, owing to the extraordinary high price they asked, Mr Smith moved the adjournment of the House to protest against the action of the Government m this matter, A lengthy discussion arose on the question, after which the motion for .the adjournment of the House was lost. Relying to other questions, it wvs stated 'that the Government would propose a resolution this session for granting a bonus on the manufacture of iron from iron ore or iron sand, the product of the colony; that the Government did not j propose to set up a Committee to enqnire into the financial position of the New Plymouth Harbor Board ; that the Government would consider the desirability of offering a bonus for oil manufactured from New Zealand shale ; that the Government would set up a Committee fco enquire into the desirability of offering a iajrge bonus for improvements m flax-dressing machinery; that the Government had issued instructions that every care should be taken to prevent the introduction of low and indecent literature into the polony \ that the propriety of heating rai|w/iy carriages used, for long distances m the winter months would be brought under the notice of the Railway Commissioners ; that the Government could aojt see their way clear to assist small country /ibrarj&s; that the Government were not prepared at present to approach the Australian colonies for reciprocal tariff treaties on colonial products ; that the total amount of the Post nnd Telegraph fine fund was £416 7s lid, and that the sum of £1630 hud been jbnt to officers out yd t-fce fund ? of which £&20 wm now due;

that the cost of collecting the primage duty was nil, as it was clone by the ordinary officers of the department; that sufficient cause had not been shown to make the honorarium an annual payment instead of sessional; that the Government had given instructions to prevent as far as possible the dangerous practice of deck loading m the Colony ; that the present condition of the Colony did not warrant any concessions such as the remission of duty upon colonial-made spirits ; that the Government had put £1000 on the estimates towards the foundation o f a Working Men's College and technical institute at Dunedin, on the understanding that they were properly equipped, and that if similar arrangements could be made with the other three cities the Government had no objection to give a .similar amount; that the question of reducing the rates of telephone charges was under consideration by the Government; that the actual sum paid to Commissioner Edwards up to Ist July, 1890, was £490, and it was paid out of unauthorised expenditure ; that the Government would endeavor to get the Railway Commissioners to restore all the privileges formerly granted to religious bodies and Friendly Societies when travelling to attend meetings, by allowing them firstclass tickets at second-class fares. The Hous« rose at 5.30 p.m. The House resumed at 7.30 p.m. THE MINING ACT AMENDMENT BILL. Mr Seddon moved the second reading of the Mining Act Amendment Bill, explaining that one of the principal objects of the measui'e was to clearly define mining partnerships, and it provided that such partnerships need not be formed on an express agreement, and that eacb party should have a lien on the partnership property for the amount of the debts due to creditors. Mr Fergus did not intend to oppose the Bill, as he agreed with several of its provisions. Mr Seddon was asking a great deal, however, m calling for the second reading at once, as the Bill had only just been circulated. Mr Peacock moved for the adjournment of the debate, but the motion was not seconded. Mr Grimmond and Mr Reeves (Inangahua) supported the Bill. Mr Samuel and Dr Fitch ett reviewed the various clauses of the Bill, pointing out the objections to them. Mr Guinness supported the principles of the Bill. The motion for the second reading was agreed to. BREACH OP PRIVILEGE. Sir John Hall called attention to what he considered a breach of privilege of the House, the " Evening Press" having published a report which was simply a gross misrepresentation of the proceedings of the Select Committee sitting to investigate Mr Hutchison's charges against the Government. The Speaker suggested that as no motion had been made tht\t tht House should not waste any further time over the matter. THE AUCTIOHEKIts' BILL, Mr Seddon moved the second reading of the Auctioneers' Bill to regulate the licensing of auctioneers. Mr Samuels, Dr. Fitchett, Mr Anderson, Sir John Hall, Mr Mackenzie, Mr Rhodes, Mr Harkness, Mr Marchant, Mr Allen, spoke m support of the bill ; MiReeves (Inangahua), and Mr Moss op posed it. Captain Russell, replying to Mr Seddon, said he could not without consulting his colleagues, say whether or not the Government would take up the Bill. The • motion for the second reading was agreed to on the voices. The House rose at 12.45 a.m.

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PARLIAMENTARY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2467, 17 July 1890

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PARLIAMENTARY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2467, 17 July 1890

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