HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
The House met at 11 a.m. COAL LEASHS UOYAITY BILL. Mr Fergus moved the .second reading of the Coal Leases Royalty Bill, to enable a reduction to be made m the royalties to die Crown under certain leases of coal mines situated m the Grey Valley. Several members objected to a Bill of such an important) character being brought down m the dying hours of the session" Ultimately the debate was adjourned by 30 to 28. BILLS PASSED. The Public Revenues Act Amendment Bill and Kumara Sludge Channel BilJ were read a second time, committed, re«d a third time, and passed. iiiE o:;ean mail services. Mr Mifcchelson m moving the resolutions relating to the Ocean Mail Services said that the reduction proposed would doubtless be largely appreciated by the people of the colony, as all letters could now be sent to any part of the world for 2|d, except by way of Brindisi. The Government desired to reduce the postal rate to one penny, but this could not be done without entailing heavy loss on the colony. He contended that the colony would greatly benefit by the arrangements made for continuing both the direct and San Francisco services, and the House and the colony were to Vie congratulated an securing what at one time looked like an impossibility, Mr Balance said the arrangements reflected great credif; on the Government, The House adjourned at 1 p.m. The House resumed at 2.30 p.m, The debate on the Ocean Mai] Services was continued at great length. The first and second resolutions proposed by Mr Mitehelson were agreed to. Mr Larnach moved an amendment to the third resolution that Wellington be the port of call for the San Francisco service instead of Auckland. The amendment was lost by 31 to 21, Mr JYtfton moved <t further amendment'
that after "Auckland" the words "or Wellington at the option of the centrapiiors," be added. The amendment was carried by 33 to 31. The resolutions as a whole were then reported to the House, and agreed to. THE PRIMAGE DUTY. Mr Mitchelson moved the second reading of the Primage Duty Bill to provide for the imposition of the primage duty till the 30th September. Mr Mackenzie (Clmtha) regretted that the 'Premier had not seen his way to continue this duty to the end of the financial year, especially m face of the prospect, of a dsfioit next 7ear, and he hoped that the Acting-Premier would take the matter into consideration. Mr Goldie was surprised at any member of the House advocating the increase of the burden of the people m this manner. The second reading was agreed to, and the Bill then put through Committee without amendment, read a third time, and passed. THE PROPERTY TAX BILL. '" Mr Mitchelson moved the second reading of the Property Tax Bill to authorise the imposition of the property tax of Id m the „ for the coming year. The motion waa. agreed to, and the Bill was then committed. The House adjourned at 5.30 p.m. The House resumed at 7.30 p.m. The Property Tax Bill waa read a third time and passed by 42 to 21. INTIRCEPXING SUPPLY. On going into Committee of Supply an amendment that the report of the Public Petitions Committee recommending an enqufry into the administration of the estate of James McDonald by the Official Assignee of Dunedin be given effect to was carried by 38 to 24. COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY. The House went into Cbmtnittee of Supply for the consideration of the Supplementary Estimates. Legislative Department—£427. The item £117 for five waiters at Bellamy's was reduced by £116. Colonial Secretary, Electoral Department— £10,000. Carried. In Miscellaneous Service the item for Mrs Penton's book on New Zealand flora, £300, was struck out. The other items were passed unaltered. Supreme Court—Salary of Commissioner and Judge Edwards £1621. This item provoked a long discussion^ which was interrupted by the clock strik-* ing midnight. Progress was therefore reported, and the House adjourned to 11 a.m. on Monday.
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2518, 15 September 1890
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2518, 15 September 1890
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