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POLITICAL NOTES

[TBS PRESS SpMlal Bwrlce.] WELLINGTON, August 27. Hospital Grants. In a question addressed to the Minister for Health (the Hon. A. J. Stallworthy), in the House of Representatives to-day, Mr C. Cair (Lab., Timaru) asked whether the Minister's attention had been drawn to correspondence in a Timaru paper asserting that the Government was withdrawing its offer of a subsidy on the rebuilding scheme of the Timaru Public Hospital. He asked if the statement was correct, and, if so, whether in view of the unsatisfactory condition of the present buildings the Minister would have the decision reviewed! "My attention has been drawn to the correspondence referred to," Mr Statiworthy said. "The statement that the Government is withdrawing its offer of a subsidy on the rebuilding scheme for the Timaru Public Hospital is not correct. It is merely intended that the rebuilding scheme shall not be proceeded with until next year." Irrigation. "There does not appear to be any necessity to carry out investigations into the conditions of the bottom of the Poolburn irrigation dam," said the Minister for Public Works (the Hon. W. B. Taverner), in reply ,to a question by Mr Carr (Lab., Timaru) to-day. Before the work was commenced the site was closely examined by several engineers and by a highly-qualified geologist, and numerous test shafts were sunk all over the site. Later on, when the foundations had been excavated, the position was again investigated by the same and other engineers, and also by a high geological authority. The foundations were considered satisfactory, and the excavations are now filled with concrete up to approximately ground level. Reply Challenged. The accuracy of a reply given by the Minister for Bailways (the Hon. W. A. Veitch), in answer to a question asked by Mr F. Langstone (Lab., Waimarino), was challenged by the latter in the House of Bepresentaftves this afternoon. About a fortnight ago Mr Langstone asked the Minister in the form of an urgent question whether a tender of the Pioneer Spring Works, Sydney, N.S.W., had been accepted for 1000 laminated springs, delivery to be at the rate of 200 per week. The Minister replied in the negative. Subsequently Mr Langstone placed the question on the Order Paper, and in his reply to-day the Minister again repeated his former reply. "As indicated in my reply to a similar question asked by the honourable member recently," said the Minister, "no such tender has beeit accepted. As previ; ously stated, 1000 of these springs have been ordered from New Zealand firms." Mr Langstone said he had a copy of a Departmental instruction issued by the superintendent of the railway workshops, Mr E. T. Spidey, which stated: "Please note that the Pioneer Spring Works' tender for 1000 BJP.W. 30191 laminated springs has been accepted. As the .order has been placed outside the Dominion* the . Department : is not supplying the steel required." "Either the information that haß come to me is wrong," said Mr Langstone, "or else there has been some unfortunate misunderstanding. It seems folly for the Government to preach 'Buy New Zealand Goods,' and then make purchases outside the Dominion. The Minister onght to take the House into his confidence. We want to know what is taking place in regard to the order given. There may possibly be two orders, and that one has been let in New Zealand and the other in Australia." The Minister said that the information in his answer was supplied to him by responsible officers of the Department. The statement was now made that the answer to the question waß not correct. "If the honourable member will give me the evidence he has, I will undertake to have the question thoroughly investigated," said the Minister.

Banking Bill. Certain members of the House of were mystified thin evening when no mention was made of the Bank of New Zealand Amendment Bill to Mr Speaker after it had been defeated on a division being taken On the short title. It is generally recognised that if the short title 'of a measure fails to .pass the whole Bill is defeated, but there was some eon* fusion on the Labour benches when the Chairman of Committees, Mr W. A. Bodkin, made no mention of the Bank* ing Bill when reporting to Mr Speaker the deliberations. of Committee. The Bill was a private member's measure in charge of Mr F. Langstone (Lab., Waimarino). "I would like to ask what has happened to the Bill," said Mr E. J. Howard (Lab., Christchureh East), rising to a point of order. "I am afraid the hon. gentleman has asked me a question I cannot answer," said Mr Speaker, amidst laughter. "The Committee has reported upon one Bill to you," Mr Howard said. "In defence of the position of the House and of yourself I would like to know why the Committee has not reported upon this other Bill." "I Bhauld explain' that no report is made to Mr Speaker if a Bill is thrown out in Committee, " replied Mr Speaker. e "It was not thrown out," said Mr Howard and Mr J. McOombs (Lab., Lyttelton) in unison. "I am not Buppopefl to know What took place m Committee," Mr Speaker said. "Do I understand that*the short title was defeated on the division t" Members: Yes. i "I have already fuled bn a previous occasion that that means the end of a Bill," Mr Speaker said. The Leader of the Opposition remarked that it appeared the Bill had a summary end, a»4 ; the in. cident closed.

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POLITICAL NOTES, Press, Volume LXVI, Issue 20018, 28 August 1930

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