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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

The House met at 2.30 p.m. NOTICES OF MOTION.. Mr Monk gave notice to move that m the opinion rf the House the practise of granting compensation for loss of office is being abused, and that m future no' such compensation be allowed without the authority of Parliament being first obtained. Dr Newman gave notice to ask the -Go vernment whether they will during the recess pay the balance necessary for forming a national park at Buapehu and Tongariro. Mr Golflie gave notice to move on going into Committee of Supply that m the opinion of the House the Government is deserving of grave censure for having, m defiance of the clear and repeated votes of the House, reinstated \n the Supplementary Estimates items I'dealt with m Committee of Supply. ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS.. „ In answer to a question put by Mr Humphreys, Captain Russell hakV that thes Government had noticed the cablegram published m the colonial newspapers, stating that the War Office had issued regulations prohibiting the' purchase of frozen beef for the Army: and they intended to cable to the AgentGeneral and obtain fuller information regarding the matter. He need scarcely 8»y that the Government would use every

effort m order to ensure that frozen meat from New Zealand would obtain a fair chance of getting universal consumption, m Great Britain. In reply to Dr Newman* Captain Russell said that he should be glad to recommend all claims to grants of land for military services of those who were prevented from completing their service by blindness and other bodily misfortune. WANT OF CONFIDENCE MOTION. Mr Ballance called the attention of the Government to what he regarded as a want of confidence motion proposed by Mr Goldie, and contended that .according to the usual constitutional practice, no other business should be proceeded with until that was disposed of. He might say that he quite agreed with the terms of the motion proposed by; Mir Goldie, and :he considered that the Government vrkrp deserving of censurs for putting on the Supplementary Estimates votes that had been struck out m Committee of Supply. Mr Mitchelson replied that the Government did not intend to go on with the Supplementary Estimates ufctil the resolutions already arrived at by the Committee had been reported to the House. When they came to that question the • House would be duly informed of what attitude the Government would adopt m regard to the items now appearing on the Supplementary Estimates. Mr Ballance said he would like to know whether the Government intended to bringdown items which had been struck out m Committee of Supply. Mr Mitchelson said that he did not propose to press them on the Supplementary Estimates as having been struck out. Mr Ballance asked whether it was proposed to move the items m any other forln.' Mr Mitcheson said that the proper constitutional course for the Government to take Up would: be when the resolutions were reported from Committee of Supply to move that certain items be recommitted for further consideration. It was the intention of the Government to ask the House to reconsider the Audit vote because the Department could ■ not be conducted if £950 were struck out. Even if that sum were reinstated the Department would still be imperfectly provided for. Mr Ballance asked whether the Acting Premier wished to drop all the' Other ! items which had been restored. ' Mr Mitchelson said the Government would take the first item struck out, the salary of Secretary to the Cabinet, and , obtain the decision of the House upon that. In.the event of the House refusing to reconsider that item the Government would take that as its ruling on all the other items. Mr Seddon asked if that meant Judge Edwards" salary. Mr Mitchelson replied m the negative, and said that had nothing to do with the general estimates. Mr Ballance urged on the Government the necessity of bringing up the resolutions from Committee of Supply without delay. Mi Mitchelson replied tjiftt he would state the decision of the Government at 7.30p:m. -■ .• ■■■ .■ \' :.>, :.-../., j AUCKLAND RO}tfAN CATHOLIC RESERVES j ■• ' BILL. " ' ' •;.-, j Mr Richardson moved the second reading of the Auckland Roman Catholic Re; serves Bill. : Several members protested against .'the Bill being-'brought-forward at this late stage of the session, and m direct opposi* tion to the agreement entered into between Mr Bryce and Mr Ballance as to the number of Bills to be brought forward this session. Mr Richardson.-agreed to the debate being adjourned. The House rose at 5:30 p.m. The House resumed at 7.30. GOVERNMENT STATEMENT. ; ' Mr Mitchelson asked the indulgence of the House m order to make a short statement as to the intention of the Government with respect to the Supplementary Estimates. The Government did not intend to make any change m the procedure of business that night, but they would undertake to have resolutions reported from Committee of Supply to-morrow m order that the House should be afforded an opportunity of reconsidering the first item. He might say that several members of the House were of iOpinibn that some of the officers- whose salaries were lately reduced had been most unjustly treated. The Government, therefore, would ask the House to reconsider the first vote it was proposed to restore, and if the House rejected that jitem the Government would accept it as an indication that the other ones should not be moved. ' Mr Ballance asked whether the first item would govern all the other ones. Mr Mitchelson replied/ that it would, except m the case of the Audit Department, which the Government considered could be specially dealt with, i They were of."opinion- that, unless' that vote were restored it would be better to abolish the Audit Department altogether. , , THE CHRISTCHURCH RAILWAY. MEN'S CASE. . Mr Ballance desired to call attention to a statement m the evening papers that four men had been dismissed from the railway service m Christchurch. He said that the Railway Commissioners' owed allegiance to the House and Legislature, and that being so, he felt justified m asking that the Government should obtain full information as to the dismissal of those men, and that they should place it on the table of-the House. It waß the dutyi'of the Government, he considered, to inform the House as early as possible of the whole of the circumstances. Mr Mitchelson said that the Government had received no communication at all on the matter, but he had noticed the report m the evening papers and: had taken steps to inquire into the reason for j the dismissal of these men. As soon as he obtained the information he could lay it before the House. NATIVE LAND LAWS ABIENDMENT BILL. The Native Land ;La'ws Amendment Bill was considered m committee at great length. . ; BILLS ADVANCED. , , : The Midland Railway Contract Bili and Distillation Act Amendment Bill were considered m committee, and reported, the former with slight amendment, and the latter unaltered. , 1 BILL PASSED. The Native Schools Act Extension Bill was committed, read a third time and passed. ; o / ',:. ' ■ -J „ V'l ; The House rose afc 1.30 a.m.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2515, 11 September 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2515, 11 September 1890

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