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' The House met at 2.30 p.m. NOTICES OF MOTION. Mr Seddon gave notice to ask the Government whether in view of remoring monopoly and putting an end to the present strikes, they will; consider the advisableness of purchasing the Union Company's fleet of steamers. Mr Mitchelson gave notice that he shold move the^ ocean mail resolutions on Friday next. MINISTERIAL STATEMENT. Mr Mitchelson said that he hoped to be able to inform the House on Friday next that the prorogation would take place on Monday next. WESTPORT NGAKWAU RAILWAY EXTENSION BILL. . On the motion for going into Committee on the Westport-Ngakawau Railway Extension Bill, Mr Fwh said he would How [ withdraw his opposition to this measure, as he recognised that the Bill was an attempt to break down tlie caal monopoly at present possessed by the Union Company. He had been promised that the clause which was rejected from the Coal Mines Bill last night should be inserted in this Bill, and the 'clause would prevent the Union Company getting possession of the coal mines. ■ Mr O'Connor said that all the companies interested in the railway were willing to have clauses inserted in the Bill to entitle the colony to resume possession of ;the mines at any time on paying the company for its works at a .valuation. Mr Fergus .said that a clause distinctly provided that amalgamation of leases could not take place unless authorise*? by resolution of both Houses of the General Assembly. , SECOND READINGS. ;' The Police Offences Act Amendment Hill. Distillation Act Amendment Bill, and Midland Railway Deviation Bill were read a third time. BILLS IN COMMITTEE. ■ The Gisborne Harbour Board Act Amendment Bill passed through Committee with a few verbal amendments. The Westport-Ngakawau Railway tßill was committed and reported with slight amendments and additions. : The Thames Harbour Board Bill and the Distillation Act Amendment Bill passed through unaltered. ■'' '' Tho School Committees Election Bill, the Native Schools Sites Bill, the Police Offences Act Amendment Bill,, and the Administration Act Amendment Bill, passed the Committee without amendment. I The Oaths Bill was considered in Committee. Sir George Grey moved to aniend clause 2 in such a way as to provide that every \ person should make an affirmation in lieu of an oath (to make the taking an affirmation obligatory instead of merely optional). The motion was lost by 28 to 22. The Bill was ultimately reported with slight amendments. THE DISTILLATION BILL. The Distillation Act Amendment Bill was deferred for-further consideration. BILLS PASSED. All the other Bills put through Committee were then read a third time and ptssed. The House rose at 12.15 a.m,

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890