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The House resumed at 7.30. IN COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY. The House went into Committee for the further consideration of the Estimates. Customs offices and services- £33,412. Mr Fish moved a reduction of £1365, including £100 from the salary of the Secretary for Customs and Marine (£600); £50 each off the salaries of the Collectors of Customs at Auckland, Wellington and Lyttelton; £65 from the Napier Collector; £50 from the Hokitika Collector; £25 each from the .Nelson, Dunedin, Timaru, and Oamaru Collectors; £50 from the Invercargill officer ; also jul increases on salaries over £200, and the striking out: of quaying officer's salary, £300. Lost by 4.0 to 18, and the vote passed. Customs, miscellaneous services — £1868. Carried. Marine and harbours—£2s,734. Mr Fish moved that the item, Marine Engineer £667, be struck out. Lost by 41 to 19. Erection of lighthouse on Stephen's Island—£3soo. Mr Fish moved that the item be struck out. In the present financial position of the Colony he thought the erection of a lighthouse could very well be deferred for another year or two. After some discussion, Mr Fish withdrew his motion, as he said it was evident that the House did not want economy. Vote passed. Marine, Miscellaneous — £10,450. — Carried. Public Works Departmental—£7oo. In reply to the Hon E. Richardson j (Kaiapoi), The Hon. T. Fergus said it had been ! found impossible to" do away with the Public Works Department, and it could not be abolished so long as such large public works as the Midland Railway were being constructed. The Government, however, fully intended to contract the staff as much as possible, so as to bring it within the means of the Colony. Voce passed. Immigration—£2963 Considerable discussion ensued over this vote, several members protesting against further immigration. Mr Goldie moved that the vote be reduced by £500. The Hon G. F. Richardson hoped the Committee would not agree to this reduction, as nearly all the money had already been expended, £2200 of the vote beihg liabilities. Mr Goldie eventually withdrew his amendment, and moved to reduce the vote by £5 as an indication that the Government should not make any fresh arrangements for immigrants beyond those alread provided for. Lost by 35 to 14. Hallways—New works construction and land, Wellington-Foxton, £300. Agreed io. Wellington-Woodville extension to Te Avo, ££000. Mr Feldwick moved that this be struck out. After a lengthy discussion, the vote was struck out by 25 to 18. Lincoln-Little River, £3000. Agreed to. and other old liabilities, £2700. Carried. Surveys of new lines of railways, £500. Carried. Roads—main roads, £12,630. Carried. Miscellaneous roads and bridges, ,£17,091. Carried. Grants m aid, £3046. Carried. J£oads to open uplands for sale, £35,000. Carried. Village settlements, £8032. Carried. Roads—Goldfields, £22,747. Oarried. Waterworks on goldfields, £645. Carried. Purchase of Native lands, £5262, and .telegraph extension, £17,226. Carried. Public buildings, general departmental offices, £3350 ; judical. £16,850 ; post and ■telegraph, £3500; lunatic asylums £12,05©; all carried. Harbour defences, £3000; rates on Native lands, £5000; thermal springs, JE2350. Carried, (Left sitting at 2 a.m.)

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EVENING SITTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890

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EVENING SITTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890