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The House met at 2.30 p.m. BILLS PASSED. The Church Property Trustees (Canterbury) Indemnity Bill and the Roman Catholic Lands Act Extension Bill, both being private Bills, were read a third time and passed. QUESTIONS. Replying to questions, Ministers stated that a text-book used m the Irish national schools called the "Introduction to Practical Farming," had been received, but it had not yet been decided to introduce the book into New Zealand public schools; that a Bill permitting mining on private propery would not be introduced this session ; that Government could not entertain a proposal that postage for all letters throughout the colony (outside of towns) be twopence for letters not exceeding one ounce, and a penny additional for every half-ounce ; that Government would place on the Supplementary Estimates the sum of £6000 as a grant towards the foundation of a Working Men'n College and Institute at Sydenham or Christchurch, if the institution were thoroughly equipped ; that some better system would be devised for collecting agricultural returns under which grain statistics will be more reliable than at present; the Government would give the usual subsidy to local bodies unless the House ordered otherwise ; the reason why four or five policemen were sent to Brunnerton lately was because the Police Department were advised that there was likely to be a strike m that district. COLONIAL INDUSTRIES. Mr Beetham moved that a Select Committee be appointed to consider all matters pertaining to the development of the flax, dairy produce, and wine-produc-ing industries ; the Committee to consist of Messrs T. Mackenzie, Valentine, Dobson, Marchant, Hon G. G. Richardson, Walker, Steward, Hamlin, Captain Russell, and the motion. Sir John Hall strongly supported. the mover. Sir John Hall strongly supported the motion. The Hon Captain Russell warmly approved of Uio proposal, find said he hoped they would be able to devise some means wherby their flax and dairy produce would be able to take a better position that it had hitherto done. He wished to state that a gentleman who was leaving for England that day took a letter of introduction from the Government to the Agent-General, with the object of forwarding m every possible way the industries referred to m Mr Beetham's motion. Afrer further discussion the motion was agreed to.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890

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