HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Immediately after the delivery by his Excellency of the Opening Speech the House met, and the anxiety which had been felt throughout the day in consequence of rumours being afloat as to the improbability of forming a full House was set at rest by the attendance of the requisite number of members to form a quorum. The following members were in their places i — The honorable the Colonial Secretary, the honorable the Colonial Treasurer, Messrs. Becltham, Daldy, CargiH,
Williamson; Hrodie, East. Lee, Hall, Carleton, HerriI man. Packer, Ollivier, Henderson, Robert Graham, awd the honor«ble the Speaker, The Colonial Secretary, by liis Excellency's command, placed a numher of document* on the table. Messrs. Packer and Ollhier took, the oath and their seats as members respectively for Christchurch and Christchurch Country Districts. The Speaker announced the receipt of the following resignations, from J. L. Campbell, for the City of Auckland ; F. D. Bell, for the Hutt ; Isaac Earl Featherstone, Town of Wellington ; Willinm Fifzher* bert, Town of Wellington ; Charles Dudley Robert Ward, Wellington Country Districts ; Samuel Revens, Hutt District ; John Lewthwaite, Grey and Bell Districts , J. E. Fitzgerald, Town of Lyttelton ; John Cuff, Akaroa District ; J. Cargill. Dunedin Country District ; Joseph Greenwood, Pensioner Settlements , William Wells, Wairau District ; Charles Elliott. Waimea District ; J. Valentine Smith, Wairarapa and Ilawke's Bay District. The Colonial Secretary moved, in effect, that a respectful address be forwarded to his Excellency requesting him to cause new writs to be issued to supply the vacancies ocsasioned by the foregoing resignations. The motion was seconded by the Colonial Treasurer md carried unanimously. On motion of the Colonial Secretary, seconded by the Colontat. Treasurer, it was resolved that the address should be presented to his Excellency by the Speaker. After several notices of motion had been given, which will be iound below, the Speaker read the Governor's speech, the consideration of which was, on the motion of the Colonial Secretaet, made an order forTuesdny. Mr. Williamson begged permission to ask without notice, whether any document containing the resignation of an honorable member, besides those already read, had been received either by the ministry or any officer of the House. The Colonial Treasurer said that no such document as that referred to had been received by the Government. The Colonial Secretary had heard of a resignation, but by rumour only. He had no knowledge of it. The Speaker said that neither himself or any officer of the House had received any such document. Mr. Carhston rose to order. The hon. member for the Tensioner Settlements might question the Ministry, but had no right to question any other member of the Hou«e. The Speaker was of opinion that any member referred to had a right to refuse to answer. Mr. Carleton argued that the second portio* of Mr. Williamsons question could not be put at all. It had been decided by Mr. Shaw ljefevevre that the strict rule was that no question could be pnt by one private member to another, except on the Orders of the Day.'and on measures with which the member to whom the question is put may be connected. Mr. Willianson asked if the question could be put after notice. Mr. Carleton objected on the point of order. The Speaker said that the strict rule of the House was as it had been stated. - Mr. Williamson desired to know whether he was to understand from the Speaker that no officer of the Honse had received such a document. The Speaker : When I say officers of the House, I mean that neither myself nor any of the clerks have received it. . Here the question dropped. The House, on motion, then adjourned until Tuesday (this day).
The following notices of motion are on this day's paper :~ 1. Mr. Stafford to move for leave to bring in & Bill for the Interpretation of Acts of the General Assembly of New Zealand. Also, A Bill to provide for the resignation of Seats, and the issue of Writs for supplying vacancies, in the House of Representatives during the recess. 2. Mr. Stafford to move for leave to bring in a Bill to repeal certain Laws relating to Elections in New Zealand. Also, 'A Bill to provide for the periodical apportionment of Representation in the House of Representatives. Also, A Bill to amend the Law relating to the Qualification of Electors and Members of the House of Representatives. Also, A Bill to amend the Law relating to the Registration of Persons qualified to Vote at Elections of Members of the House of Representatives. Also, A Bill to make provision for thp trial of Petitions against the Election or Return of Members of the House of Representatives. Also, A Bill to make provision for the Prevention of Corrupt Practices at Elections. Also, A Bill to amend the Law relating to the Elections of Superintendents of Provinces, and Members of Provincial Councils. 3. Mr. Cableton to move, That a Committee be appointed for the Session, to be called the Standing Orders Committee, to prepare such Standing Orders as they may from time to time deem advisable to be adopted by the House ; that the Committee do report on such day as the House may appoint, and from time to time as they may see occasion, or be required by the House ; that the Committee be authorised to communicate with any Committee appointed by the Legislative Council, with a view to the adoption of Standing Orders to regulate the mode in which the House and Legislative Council may confer, correspond and communicate with each other. The Committee to consist of Mr. Speaker, Mr. Ollivier, Mr. Merriman, Mr. Stafford, Mr. Fox, Mr. Domett, and the mover. 4. Mr. Carleton to move, That the Committee of Standing Orders be instructed to consider and report upon the following, proposed as an additional Standing Order : — " Select Committees shall have leave to sit after any adjournment Jof the House, notwithstanding that such adjournment be for a longer period than till the next day." 5. Mr. Hall to move, That a Committee be appointed to superintend the printing for the House during the Session, and the preparation of the votes and proceedings of the House. The Committee to consist of Mr. Speaker, the Chairman of Committees, the Colonial Secretary, Mr. Merriman, the mover. 6. Mr. Hall to move for a copy of any Report furnished by the Commissioners appointed in pursuance of the Resolution of the House of Representatives of the 7th August, 1856, by the General Government and the Provincial Government of the Province of Canterbury, to enquire into the claim made by that Pro>ince for payment of a portion of the debt incurred by the Provincial Government in respect of the expenditure of the Canterbury Association, on account of map 3 and surve) p s. 7. Mr. Hall to move for copy of the map attached to the Proclamation of his Excellency the late Gevernor dated the 28th February, 1853, fixing the boundaries of the several Provinces of New Zealand. 8. Mr. Hall to move for the following Returns :— Return (to complete the Rrturn printed as C. No. 4 in the Blue Book of last Session,) of all Native land purchases in the Proviuce of Auckland, between the sth July, 1850, and the Ist March, 1854. Return continuing the Return printed as C No. 4 in the Blue Book of last Session, from the Ist April, 1856, to the Ist April, 1857, (or to any later date to which it dan be given). Return of all lands held by Commissioner! of Native Reserves under the "New Zealand Native Reserves Act," down to the Ist July, 1857 ; also, copies of any report* furnished by such Commissioners, in compliance with the 11th Section of the Act. and of accounts of monies received and expended by them as such Commissioners. Detailed accounts of the expenditure of the sums grunted to the different religious bodies, for purposes of Native education, during the year ending 30th June 1857 ; also, reports on the results of this expenditure, and on the progress and condition of Schools assisted by theie Grants, as required by the agreements under which these Grants are made. Copy of any despatch to Her Majesty's Secretary of State, forwarding the Resolutions on Finance adopted by the House of Representatives on the 2nd July 1856 ; also, copy of any instructions on the subjects referred to in these resolutions which may have been fnrnished to the Agent who has been despatched to England for the purpose of negotiatingg a loan for the Colony. . : Abstracts of the Returns famished by each Resi- ; dent Magistrate for the year ending 30th June 1857, ! or 31st December 1856 ; also, Returns of the total amount of fees and fines received in each Resident Magistrate's Court in New Zealand, and also, in parallel columns, the total cost of the establishment of such Court Returns of the gross amount of the duties of Customs collected at each Port in New Zealand, during the year ending the 30th June 1857, and, in parallel columns, the cost in detail of the Customs Establishment at each of those Ports. Return of the total number of letteri, and of the total number of newspapers forwarded during the year ended the 30th June 1857, by the direct mail between Wellington and the Wairau, ako oi the total
amount of pottage collected on those letters and newspapers for account of the General GoYtrnment, also of the cost incurred by the General Government on account of this mail during the abore period. Similar returns with regard to the overland mail between Wellington, New Plymouth, and Auckland. 9. Mr. Hall to more, that leave of absence for one month be granted to Mi. Fox.
Order of the day (this day)—1. Consideration of his Excellency's Speech oft opening the Session. Mr. Beckham to move, that an humble address be presented to the Governor to convey to his Excellency < the thanks of this House for his gracfous Speech on opening the Session.
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Daily Southern Cross, Volume XV, Issue 1126, 13 April 1858
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