HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
[The following is the closing portion of Tuesday night's sitting.] ■ Sir G. Grey and Messrs Seddon, Moss, and John McKenzie protested against the action of the Government,. And assorted that some arrangement hacT been made with Government and the economist members which ; ther House had a right to know. Mr Thompson (Auckland North) moved to reduce the Agent-General Department .vote by;£22s. ;- - '.; :.i ■ : -; ny Gol(ien accused Mr Thompson (Marsden) of selling his party by 'betraying tlieit plans, just as he: did three years agovv . , : . ■■• ...•-■ •/ /•,--',..'■. '■ '''•• Sir G.;Crrey said there was a greafr deal behmd the action of the Government m this matter. It was m fact an indication ttliat they intended to hold'the, reins of Government for the nex*.4wSlve fflbriths. The motion for a reduction by £225 was Ilostby2'»to32,l lostby2'»to32,
Mr Thompson (Auckland North) moved that it be reduced by £200. —Carried by 32 to 25. Accountant—£4oo. Mr McKenzie (Waihemo) moved a reduction of £100. Carried by 31 to 26. Clerks and messengers—£929. Mr Duncan moved to reduce it by £200. Mr Beetham thought parsimony m the Agent-Geeneral's Department would be a penny wise pound foolish policy, for it would be known m diplomatic circles m London, and would cause the finger of scorn to be pointed at the colony. Captain Russell agreed to accept the reduction proposed by Mr Duncan, but said it might be necessary to spread all the reductions made more or less over the whole class. The motion for the reduction by £200 was carried on the voices. Consulting Engineer —£800. Mr Ward moved that it be struck out altogether. Lost by 30 to 27. Mr Eraser moved that it be reduced by £750. Captain Russell remarked that if the item was struck out more than double the amount would have to be paid m employing engineers. Mr Fraser said it was well known that Mr Blackett had been shifted to London as part of a little family arrangement. Mr Fraaer's motion was losb by 31 to 24.
Several other "amendments were negatived, and the vote of £800 remained unaltered.
Clerk to consulting engineer, £120. Mr Feldwick moved that it be struck out.
Lost by 27 to 20. A motion to reduce Contingencies was also losb, and the vote as reduced (amounting to £4730) was then passed. Progress was reported and the House rose at 5 a.m. LOCAL GOVERNMENT. The House met at 2.30 p.m. Mr Fergus moved for the af>pointment, of a Committee to consider and report on the question of local government. Mr Moss moved an addition to the motion, to the effect that the Committee should enquire into the desirability of establishing two or mere Provincial Councils with the necessary function granted to them, which would relieve the House of certain responsibilities. Mr Moss' amendment was lost by 45 to 18, and the original motion was carried by 39 to 21. QUESTIONS. Reply to questions, ib was stated that the Government would take steps to have a Bill introduced next session to arrest the disease known as "foul brood" amongst bees ; that the Government had not yet sent a congratulatory telegram to to Western Australia on its securing constitutional government, but that no doubt the Cabinet would gladly do so when the matter was brought under its notice. INTERCEPTING SUPPLY. On the motion that the House go into Committee of Supply, Mr Barron moved, as an amendment " That (1) it is desirable that the property tax, unless it can be abolished at an earlier date, should be annually decreased so that it shall not exceed f d m the £ for the present year, §d for the year 1891, |cl for the year 1892, after which date it shall entirely cease ; " and (2) "That any deficiency m the revenue occurring thereby should be made good by further retrenchment m the public service." He pointed out that when the Colonial Treasurer introduced the property tax m 1879 he had led the House to believe that it was not meant to be permanent. Captain Russell said that it was utterly impossible to comply with the terms of the amendment, as the Government could not do without the revenue raised by the tax.
Mr Fish, Mr Goldie, Mr Thompson (Marsden), Mr Hobbs, Mr Smith, and Mr Taylor, spoke m favour of the amendment.
Mr Richardson (Kaiapoi), and Mr Hamlin opposed the amendment. The amendment was lost by 33 to 24. COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY. The House went into Committee of Supply to consider the Estimates. Printing and stationery—£22,79B. Mr Fish moved a reduction of the vote by £2000, the reduction to include all increases over £200. The debate was interrupted by the 8.3 C adjournment. The House resumed at 7.30 p.m. Captain Russell agreed to the suggestion from Mr Thompson (Marsden) that the printing and stationery vote be reduced by £1750. The vote passed as reduced. Miscellaneous services—£17,409. Mr Fish moved that the first item, contingencies £8000, be reduced by £1000. The reduction was carried on the voices. Mr Fish moved that the item, J. Outram. Otago, £188 (a pensioner), be struck out. The motion was agreed to on the voices. Mr Buchanan moved that the item, expenses under the Adulteration Prevention Act, 1880, £450, be struck out. The motion was agreed to on the voices. Maintenance of the Manawatu gorge road—£Boo. Mr McKenzie (Waihemo) moved to reduce it by £100. Lost on the voices. Mr Thompson (Marsden) moved to strike out the item " Compilation of the ancient history of the Maoris, £400."
Carried. A motion to strike out the item " New Zealand and Australasian Science Association, £500," was negatived by 47 to 40, as also was a motion to reduce the vote by £250. Mr Golclie moved to strike out the item " £150, payment to the Eev H. 0. M. Watson for expenses m connection with lecturing on New Zealand m England." Item ommitted by 32 to 25. The total miscellaneous vote as reduced then passed. Crown Lands and Survey Department; Lands Department—£ll,B39. Mr Fish moved to reduce the item by £600, and the salary of the Under Secretary by £50. Carried by 27 to 26. Chief clerk—£37s. Mr Fish moved to reduce it by £25. Agreed to on the voices^ Five clerks—£94o. This item was reduced by £35, the amount of the increases. Mr Fish moved a reduction of £10 m the salary of the Wellington chief clerk, £260.
The reduction was carried on the voices. Progress was reported and the House rose at 11.5 p,m,
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2479, 31 July 1890
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2479, 31 July 1890
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