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EVENING SITTING.

The House resumed afc 7.30 p.m. The debate on Mr Larnach's amendment was resumed, and after discussion, the amendment was put and lost by 39 to 33. I'JIK JSSTIMATES. XUe Bouse than went into Committee

of Supply for the consideration of Estimates. Audit Office, L 6215. Mr Ballance had previously moved to reduce this vote by LI3OO. Captain Russell intimated that he could not accept the reduction moved by the member for Wanganui. Large reductions had already been made m that department, and although the work had greatly increased the expenditure as compared with last year showed a reduction of L 1525. As to the Audit Officer m London at L4OO a year, he was a statutory officer, mid could not be done without. Mr Ballance admitted that there must be an Auditor m London, but he though the duties might be performed by one of the Agent-General's staff. After a lengthy.discussion, Captain Russell said he should not object to a reduction of £500, but £1300 was of too sweeping a character. The motion for the reduction by £1300 resulted m a tie : ayes, 29, noes 29. The Chairman gave his casting vote for tho noes. Mr Thompson (Auckland North) moved that the vote be reduced by £700. Mr Reeves (St Albans) moved to reduce it by £1000. Captain Russell said he should accept the £700 reduction. Mr Reeves' amendment was carried by 29 to 28, and the vote as reduced to £5205 was agreed to. Registrar-General's department, L 6610. Mr'Goldie moved to reduce the salary of the Registrar-General, LSOO, to L4OO. Captain" Russell pointed out that this office was a very old one, and he hoped the House would not reduce it. The Committee of course had a perfect right to reduce these salaries, but m his opinion it would be very injurious to the service. The Chairman informed the Committee that the Division List just taken was incorrect, as Mr McGregor's name did not appear on it. He asked whether the member for Akaroa had bean m the Chamber when the division was taken. Mr McGregor replied yes, and Mr Beetham confirmed this by stating that he saw Mr McGregor passing the teller during the division. After numerous points of order had been raised, some members contended that the vote should remain as it was, and others that it should be taken over again. Mr Hamlin left the chair for ten minutes to consult the Speaker, remarking that this was the first time m his experience that a vote had been iound incorrect after the next vote was under consideration. On resuming, Mr Hamlin stated he was advised that the list should be corrected. Mr McGregor said he should vote for the noes, theresult being then—Ayes, 29; noes, 29. The Chairman voted with the noes, and the reduction of the Audit vote by LIOOO was lost. Mr Seddon then moved to reduce the previous vote by L 950. Carried by 30 to 28. Mr Mitchellson moved to report progress. Agreed to. THe House rose at 12.55 a.m.

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EVENING SITTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2475, 26 July 1890

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EVENING SITTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2475, 26 July 1890

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