AMALGAMATION OF DEPARTMENTS.
TOURIST BUSINESS MERGED INTO RAILWAYS. FIRE, LIFE, AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE COMBINED. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) WELLINGTON, this day. The "New Zealand Times" states that the Tourist Department will be taken over by the Railways Department, and controlled by the chief traffic manager (Mr Buxton). Industries and Gummerce will be separate from the Tourists Department and merged with the Agricultural Department, the head of which will be Mr T. Mackenzie. After the retirement of Mr Humphries, Surveyor-General, his department will be absorbed by the Lands Department. The Prisons Department will become a branch of the Justice Department. The State Fire and Accident Departments will be permanently amalgamated with the Government Life Insurance Department. In all, 14 new departments have been created since 1891, but most of these will be readjusted and merged in others. The announcement by the Premier that the Tourist Department is to be bracketed with another branch of the public service has set many people wondering as to how far the Government is prepared to go in the matter of combining a number of departments with others (telegraphs our Wellington correspondent). It is evident from recent signs that the Premier and his colleagues Have seen the necessity for reform in this direction, and one may forecast the following amalgamation with tolerable accuracy: Tourists nnd Railways, Lands for Settlement and Lands and Survey, Prisons and Justice, Roads and Bridges ana Public Works, Government Life and State | Fire Insurance Departments. There is also good reason for stating that Mr H. Buxton. chief traffic manager of railways, will supervise the Tourist Department when these branches of the service are merged into one, and that arrangements arc >txain for the Hon. T. Mackenzie the portfolio of Agriculture (now held by the Premier) with that of Industries and Commerce.
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