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Several motions to reduce the item " public schools " were lost. Eventually the Minister agreed to a reduction of £500, and progress was reported. DISPUTED PAIRS. On the motion for adjournment Mr Ward raised a discussion on the question of pairs, which was proceeding when the IJouse was counted out at 4 a.m. ' ' Tftp RJSipORJ ON PUMMYISM. The £J6use pietat 2.3p p.m. Mr Fulton brought up the report of the^ Waiste. Lands Committee on tho question of dummyism. The report was to the effept that tfie evidence adduced before the Committee showed conpjusively that the Land Act had m a number of casps been evaded by means of false declarations made with » view to dummying, and n

sieir opinion it was the duty of the Government to take steps to enforce the law. They recommended that the Government should take proceedings m any case where evidence was obtainable. Mr Richardson said that the Government would take every possible step m their power to deal with any cases of dummyism brought to their notice. THE PRIMAGE DUTY. Mr Ballance asked the Acting-Premier why instructions had not been issued to the Collector of Customs to cease collecting the primage duty after the end of August as promised by the Government. Mr Mitchelson said that there were two reasons for this having been done. One was that the Government wished the Estimate to be first disposed of m order to ascertain what reductions would be made m them ; the second reason was a more serious one—that owing to the lamentable labor difficulty now existing m the colony the Government feared that the revenue would seriously suffer, and it might be necessary for them to ask the House for authority to collect the primage duty till the 31st March; If not, they might have to face a large deficit next year. He should, however, be able to ask for authority to collect the duty up to 'the end of September only. THE STRIKE. : Replying to Mr Joyce, as to whether the Government had received any information as to the allegations respecting the fitness of the crew on the steamer Tekapo at Lytteltpn, bound to Australia, Mr Mitchelsou said that he could only repeat what had been said yesterday by the Minister for Justice, namely, that the Government had instructed the Custom House officials throughout the colony to see that the law was properly administered and that steamers were sufficiently manned. INTERCEPTING SUPPLY. On the motion for going into Committee of Supply, an amendment, moved by Sir George Grey, that the Government should name a day for the discussion of the federation proposals, waa lost on the voices. COMMITTEE OF.SUPPLY. The House then went into Committee of Supply for consideration of the Estimates. Native schools—£2ooo. On ihe motion of Mr Thompson (Auckland North) this item was reduced by £900. Institution for deaf mu*-es —£8000. The item was struck out by 36 to 15. Government domains —£1000. '* The item was reduced by £100. Treasury Department—£64ls. Mr Ballance moved to reduce the vote for the Secretary tothe Treasury, £740, by £150, and assistant secretary and accountant, £500, by £100. The motion was agreed to., Friendly Societies' Registry Office— £1445. Carried. Property Tax Department—£696o. Mr Thompson (Marsden) moved to strike out the salary of the Commissioner, £600. The motion was lost on the voices. The salary of the Deputy Commissioner, £465, and the chief clerk, £390, were each reduced by £15. The total vate was then passed as reduced. The House adjourned at 5.30 p.m. The House resumed ab 7.30 p.m. Legislative Council—£l6so. Carried. House of Representatives — £3987. Carried. General expenses —£8998,, A lengthy discussion took place on the question of the librarianship. ; Mr Seddon moved a reduction of £50 as an indication by the House that Mr James, who now held the position of librarian, be librarian till next session. The Speaker said that he should agree to a reduction, of £50 from the librarian's .salary, leaving'it to the library committee to deal with it. The motion was agreed to. Mr Seddon moved that the salary of the second assistant, 1 £150, be reduced by £1, as an indication that the appointment of permanent librarian be held over till next session. The motion was carried, and the vote passed as reduced. Stamp Department—£436o. Carried. Lands and Deeds Registry—£l6,B2s. Reduced by £65, the amount of increases m salaries over £200. Native Lands Department: Land Court —£20,436. Reduced by £500. Miscellaneous servicOs—£l7so. Agreed to. Progress was reported, and the House rose at 12.45 a.m.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2508, 3 September 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2508, 3 September 1890

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