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Farliamentury Grossip.

(BY TELEOEAPH FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) Wellington, August 29, Mr W. P. Reeves asked the Minister for Education a question upon a matter of much interest to artisan classes, viz., na to whether he was aware that young persons working nominally as apprentices m factories m this colony were m many cases not indentured, and could not get their employers to indenture them ; and whether he would endeavor so to amend law as to provide that all persons working as apprentices should have the right to bo regularly indentured. The Minister replied that Government had not sufficient information for dealing with the question, but promised to consider the matter. A proposal is being considered by West Coast residents under which the proposed deviation of the Midland Railway route at Lake Brunner may be made more palatable, by the company agreeing to put a •steamer on the lake, and forming a road so as to give iLumara and Greenstone people connection with the line, though at a greater distance thai} was proposed m the original plans, Mr Joyce intends to ask m the House whether it is true th:it Government officials iv various branches of the public service m Wellington who f profess to be competent to prepare plans and specifications for erection of buildings, are permitted to augment their salaries by acting as private architects m relation to buildings erected or being erected for commercial enterprise or private use, A compromise has been arranged between Government and Opposition m regard to the primage duty. A bill was brought down this afternoon and passed through a}\ its stages at one sitting to legalise tl|e cpljectiou of duty up to the end of the present month on the understanding that it will then cease altogether, In reference to the School Committee Bill, providing for the abolition of the cumulative vote which Government have promised to take up, they will m Committee, it is staled, move that three votes be allowed, but will acgept the decision of the Houee if one vote is agreed, on,

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Farliamentury Grossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2505, 30 August 1890

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Farliamentury Grossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2505, 30 August 1890