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The House met at 2.30 p.m. MR Hutchison's gharges, Mr Withy brought up an interim report of the Hutchison Charges Committee. It was to the following effect: "Your Committee has the'honor to report'tint a difficulty has arisen m the conduct of its encjuiiy, resulting from the refusal of

the Bank of New Zealand to produce A certain portion of the books and documents requisitioned for. This portion conrains the private accounts of certain members of the Ministry." Appended to the report is the correspondence between the chairman of the Committee and the president of fche Bank of New Zealand on the subject. The report was ordered to be laid on the table.

Mr Withy moved that the report be taken into consideration to-morrow at half-past two o'clock, and that permission be given to the Bank of New Zealand to be first heard by the counsel at the bar of the House.

In reply to Sir John Hall, fche Speaker said that counsel would be heard before fche report was considered. The motion was agreed fco. BILLS PASSED. The Borough of Brunnerton Bill, and Auckland Hospital Reserves Bill were passed through Committee without amendment, read a third time, and passed. SECOND HEADINGS. The Otago School Commissioners Empowering Bill, Omaka Recreation Reserve Bill, and Waiapu County Bill were read a second time. CARRIAGE OF SINGLE NKWSPAPERS, Mr Reeves (Inangahua) moved "That m the opinion of this House the conduct of the Railway Commissioners m making a charge for the transmission of single newspapers is vexatious and injurious to the best interests of the colony. , The debate was interrupted by the 5.30 p.m. adjournment. The House resumed at 7.30 p.m. PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARIAN. Mr- Saunders said that he understood the Parliamentary Librarian had been appointed that day, and he felt BUre a majority of the House would not vote a salary for chat officer. He merely wished fco express a hope that the appointment would not be confirmed till after the salary was voted. DOG REGISTRATION BILL. M^j or Steward (Waimate) moved that amendments made m the Dog Registration Bill be agreed to. The motion was carried. The Bill was read a third time and passed. QUINQUENNIAL PiitLIAHENTS BILL. Mr Samuel moved the second reading of the Quinquennial Parliament Bill to~ repeal the Triennial Parliaments Act and to provide for the duration of future Parliaments to five years. He said that tha Triennial Parliaments Act had had a good trial, and he thought that all would admit that it had been a failure. Under the present system the power of members was entirely neutralised during the first two sessions, and there was great power for evil m the third session, owiug to the fear of offending the constituencies; That state of things woultl be remedied if Parliament was to exist for five years Instead of three as at present. It would also be to the advantage of the poor man, who would be better able to stand the cost of election every five years than under the triennial system. Mr Tanner supported the Bill on the score of economy. If an expense of £25,000 were to be incurred every three years it would be a serious question. Captain Russell opposed the Bill as a Minister, but if he were a private member he freely confessed that he should support it. He pointed out, however, that the people had decided previously that the quinquennial system should be abolished, and he thought that before any change was made the electors should have another opportunity of considering it. Mr Hodgkinson considered that it would be better to lessen than to increase the term. He should oppose the measure. Mr Bruce said that the measure had his most sincere sympathy. Triennial elections kept the constituencies m a state of ' political unrest which was very undesirable. He ventured to assert that a general election cost directly and indirectly £100,000.

Sir George Grey had always been a supporter of the triennial system, and he felt confident that the House would not assent to the present Bill. Mr Reeves (Inangahua) opposed the Bill.

Mr Ward moved the adjournment of the debate, but after some ■ discussion withdrew the motion. }

Mr Saunders spoke m favour of the Bill. 1

Tbe motion for the second reading was lost by 45 to, 18.

AUCTIONEERS 1 81LL... . ; The House went into Committee' on the Auctioneers' Bill.

In clause 31, providing that no person shall sell by auction unless licensed, it was agreed to strike out the portion relating to; a penalty of £10, and to provide that the penalty shall not exceed £100.

Clause 4—Application for certificate. Mr Downie Stewart moved to strike out the words which proposed to enable an auctioneer to choose, whether he would take out his license m the district where he resides or m that where he has hia place of business.

The motion was lost by 35 to 17. Mr Fish said he would sacrifice his vbice and personal comfort to destroy a Bill which was so injurious :in 'it* effects. After speaking at great length, he moved that the Chairman leave: the chair, }

The motion was lost by 31 to 21. After a very long discussion progress was reported, .

EMPLOYMENT OF FEMALES BIU.. The House went into Committee onihe Employment of Females and Others Act Amendment Bill, which was reported without amendment. .'!''.'...

The House rose at 1 a^rn.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2480, 1 August 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2480, 1 August 1890

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