THE TIMBER COMMISSION.
) MERCHANTS' REPRESENTATION. A DIFFICULT PROBLEM. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) CKRISTCHURCH, Thursday. A deputation waited on the Prime Minister to-day in reference to the personnel of the Timber Commission. Mr. Wm. Goss said it had been understood prior to the appointment of the Commission that the timber merchants would have two representatives, one representing the North and the other the South Island. From the personnel of the Commission, he took it that the merchants had only one representative, Mr. Leyland, of Auckland. If it were too late to alter things they would have to stand, but the deputation thought that they should protest against not having a South Island tim>ber merchant on the Commission. In reply, the Prime Minister said he would give every consideration to the representations made by the deputation. He had not had a more difficult task in his experience of commissions than the j setting up of the Timber Commission. His original idea was to have all the interests affected represented, but from j representations made to him he had i found that to do so would have meant a j Commission consisting of over 120 mem- ; hers. He had also found there was going 'to be such a diversity of opinion on the I subject of representation on the Comi mission of the different interests involved j that he had come to the conclusion that I the only solution of the difficulty was to 'have a larg-e numbeT of representatives 'of the people on it, so that all classes ]of the community might be represented. j The timber merchants had not been overlooked in the appointment of the Commission. Mr. Leyland was distinctly a representative of the merchants. Sir .Toseph added that on his return to Wellington he would go into the matter brought under his notice by the deputation, and would ascertain if the Government would be warranted in granting the request made. He would let them have a reply by Monday at the latest.
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