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United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph.

Wellington, July 12 The Eoupa met; afc 2.30.

The following Bills were read the first time:—Harbour Kill, Lyttelton Harbour Bill. Australian and New Zeahnd Naval Defence Bill.

Mr Mussey fisk'el whon the laud eo:nmissi«>n roport would belaid on the table of the Housa and in reply, the Minister of Lands said he had not yet received it from tho Government.

Mr Massoy snid the position waa exceedingly awkward as the most important points wore public properry afc the present time. Mr Seddon stated that only one cipy of tli9 r< port had been supplied to the Government and it would take a day and a luilf to typewrite it. He would have the typewritten copy made to morrow and the report would be laid on the table on Friday. So far as Government was concerned they had not given the press or persons any information a3 to the report. Ministers in reply to questions _ stated that a property had been acquired at Nelson for the training and care of defective children and should be opened as soon as possible. Meanwhile a selection of inmates is being made; that question of the appointment of an under secretary for defence had not yet been considered—the appointment migbt not be necessary; that the Premier did not cause reports of his birthday speech to be sent to papers at Christchurch at the public expense; that the Teachers' Superanuation Bill will probably be introduced next week ; that favourable consideration will be made to representations from staffs of evening newspapers for a weekly or fortnightly half-holiday if it is found the concession could bp made without too great a disturbance of business; that proposals in respect to natural motive power will be submitted during the session and when the installation takes place the same will probably be applied to Government workshops throughout the colony ; that there is no

reason why free railway passes should be issued to school teachers during the holidays ; that the question of making provision exempting agricultural and pastoral Societies' grounds from payment of rateß ia under the consideration of the Government; that th« question of determining the size of sack* of wheat and other cereals to be carried by the railways will be referred to a Parliamentary Committee; that proposals will be submitted to extend work at both ends of the open sections of the North Island main trunk line; that the Government is indisposed to impose a duty upon foreign coal, as cheap coal is an important factor in the development of our industries; that the Government does not intend making an amendment to the law so that settlers, by making double improvements, may be exempt from the residential claims of the Land Act; that the Government does not at present intend to introduce a bill to deal with the question of an import duty on flour and breadstuff.

1 he House resumed at 7.30 p.m. Mr Laurenson's Divorce Act Amendment Bill was reported from Committee. Mr Baume moved its recommittal with the object of striking out the claase amending the principal Acfc in the direction of making seven years' desortiou instead of five years' desertion a ground for divorce. After considerable discussion Mr Baume'a motion waa lost by 42 to 17, and the amendments made in committee on the Bill were agreed to on the voices. The third reading was carried by 47 to 11, and the Bill passed. Mr Lewis moved the second reading of the Motor Registration hill. The registration of motors, he said, was more necessary than the registration of private vehicles, because they were more fruitful of danger.

After a brief debate the second reading was agreed to on the voices.

Mr Taylor moved the second reading of the Factories Act, 1901, Amendment Bill, which provides that every person of the nge of twenty years and over, employed in a factory in any capacity, shall not receive a'waffe less than 17s per week.

After a Bhorfc debate the second reading was agreed to on the voices, and the Bill referred to the Labour Bills Committee.

Mr Kirkbride moved the second reading of the Mutual Fire Insurance Act Amendment Bill, which allows occupiers as well as owners to join together for the purpose of the Act,

Agreed to on the voices after a short debate.

Mr Millar moved the second reading of the Education Board of the District of Otago Empowering Bill, which proposes to empower the Board to cell the existing Normal School and site so as to enable it to build a new Normal School Training College and School of Art.

The second reading was carried by 36 vot<sa to 10. Mr Millar moved the second reading of the Public Works Amendment Bill, a technical measure affecting certain Boards in Otago and Canterbury. ; Agreed to, The House rose at 12.20 a.m.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 6620, 13 July 1905

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 6620, 13 July 1905

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