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Parliamentary Gossip.


Wellington, August 6. \ Sir James Hector gave evidence on the subject of flax-dressing before a Committee of the House yesterday morning. He did not subscribe to the theory of spontaneous combustion m a vessel's hold as the cause of outbreaks of fire amongst cargoes, but considered that m order to absolutely settle this point all kinds of dressed fibre would need to be obtained and experimented with for some length of time. The Committee will now proceed to discuss; what recommendation they will make. The Labor Bills Committee met again this morning, and further reviewed the Factories and Shops Bill. The diningroom clause, to which strong objection has been taken by employers, was very considerably modified by making the provision of a dining-room compulsory only m cases where more than six females are employed m the factory, and striking out the words that require " furniture and accommodation " to be provided. The balance remaining unexpended of various sums raised for the construction of the Otago Central Railway is £56,939. The Minister of Public Works stated yesterday, m answer to a question by Mr Pyke, that the balance was under contract, and would take the line as far as Middlemarch. Government considered it would j be entirely feeble to attempt to propose i anything this session with respect to the line.

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890

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