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The House met at 2.30 p.m. QUESTIONS. Replying to questions, The Hon T. W. Hislop said the Govern, ment had not sufficient information for dealing with the question that all personi working as apprentices m factories should be regularly indentured, but he would be happy to confer on the subject.—The Hon E. Mitchelson said the Government would waive the Statute of Limitations with respect to Sir J. Vogel's claim against the Colony, but they could not see their wav to interfere with the Crown Suits Act (which provides that an action must be commenced within twelve months) m this case. —The Hon E. Mitchelson regretted that the Government could not see their way to permit newspapers printed m New Zealand, and addressed to persons m New South Wales, to go free of postal charges. MIDLAND RAILWAY. The Hon E. Mitchelson gave notice to introduce the Midland Railway Deviation Bill. GOVERNMENT BUSINESS. Replying to Mr Ballance Mr Mitchelson said that the Government proposed to devote this week to Bills, and next week to the consideration of the federation proposals, postal resolutions, and the remainder of the estimates. They hoped to be able to prorogue Parliament m the following week. ELECTORAL BILL. Mr Hislop moved that the Electoral Act Amendment Bill be recommitted m order to insert two clauses, one providing for an unofficial declaration of the poll m cases where seamen's votes have not all been received by the returning officer, and the other clause dealing with the Maori vote as proposed by Mr Arthur to prevent natives from voting for European Qandidates. The motion for recommittal was agreed to. The House rose at 5.30 p.m. The House resumed at 7.30 p.m. SHEEP BILL. On the motion that the Sheep Bill be reported from Committee, Mr Walker moved the re-oommittal of the Bill m order to re-insert Clause 54, which prohibited driving sheep, at night ; also, to reconsider the branding and earmarking clauses, to insert a proviso that Clause 54 and the branding and earmarking clauses should only' come into force within a County or subdivision of a County or road district m cases where the Counties Act is. not m force, after a special order to that effect has been niade. After a lengthy discussion, Mr Walker's amendment for the re-committal of the Bill was lost by 38 to 32, and the amendments m the Bill were agreed to ; the Bill was read a third time and passed. VOLUNTEER DRILL SHEDS, ETC., BILL. The Volunteer Drill Sheds and Lands Trustees Validation [.Bill was committed and passed without amendment. CATTLE BILL. The Cattle Bill, as reported from the Joint Live Stock Committee, was committed. A new clause was added, providing for a penalty not exceeding £50 for giving diseased carc.ase,s fx>r' feeding pigs. <X>MMNIBS EILL t „ The Companies Act Amendment Bill was committed and passed with verbal amendments. ELECTORAL BILL. The Electoral Act Amendment Bill was recommitted. A new clause was added to the effect that when the returning officer shall be unable to complete the state of the poll on the evening, of- the closing thereof, through n,ot having the votes oi seamen exercised for the district, he shall make known unofficially th.c state of the poll as far a,s ho can make it up to such time by telegraph. \\\ i\u case is the declaration of the poll to be delayed longer than, seven, (lays..' Another, n'^w, ejause provides, that every elector who cannot re^d or write may have the option of voting m the usual way, or of declaring his vote m the presence of the returning officer and scrutineers. Mr Hislop said that Mr Arthur did not intend moving his new clause, prohibiting Maoris from voting at European elections. The Bill was read a third i\\\\® »net passed. fcAJMHT. bjxl. Some discussion, took place on the third reading of the' Rabbit Nuisance Bjllj, a number of members protesting against its stringent provisions, The adjournment of the debate was carried by 29 to 25. LAND GRANT BILL. The Honomona Paatu Land Grant Bill was read a third time and passed. The House rose at 12.50 a.m.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2502, 27 August 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2502, 27 August 1890