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THE ESTIMATES.

[From Our Parijamentaby Reporter.] ■ WELLINGTON, November 13: pa reassembling at 10 a. m."to-day members, presented a jaded appearance, though the, effectß of breakfast and a bath were apparent in the vigorous fashion in which the vote under discussion was attacked. Mr Sligo, Mr Scobie 'Mackenzie; and others referred to the classification of the* railway employed, urging that some provision should be made for transfer from the rion - clerical, to the clerical Btaff. The Minister replied that on the whole he was very pleased, with the working of the Classification Act, from which he had expected a great deal of trouble. There were about 900 men in the first division and 3,600 in the second; consequently it must take some time before the men in the second division could hope to work into the first. Still it was wrong to say that these men never had a chance of promotion. Instead of the service having a grievance against the department with regard to the regulations, he considered it was he who had a grievance, as he had spent a whole day in conference with delegates from the service in framing these regulations. The reason why the railway men only got one day's holiday at i Jubilee time, while other branches of the servjce got three days, was because it would have cost the department £5,076 for' the three days, or £1,692 a day. It was impossible to place a young man of two years' experience, even though he was smart, over the heads of men who had been years in the service. He could not agree to give the platelayers a Saturday half-holiday, for fear that an accident might occur in their absence. At noon the total vote of £BIO,OOO for working railways was passed. Class XII., Public and School Buildings and the Inspection of Machinery Department, was then reached. Mr Allen complained of "bullock driving" on the part of the Government. The House had been sitting Bince half-past two yesterday, and was not going to be driven.—The Premier said the arrangement with the Leader of the Opposition was to take the classes already passed, the one then under review, and the Lands and Survey. He appealed to members to pass the public school buildings and survey votes, and adjourn at one.—Mr Buchanan and Mr Allen, who were in a cantankerous mood, refused to be coerced into passing further Estimates. —The Minister of Lands, who had been sent for, said he would suggest to his chief to merely complete the public buildings and then go away, a compromise which was accepted willingly by both sides. ' Mr Monk called attention to the state of Government House at Auckland. The Minister of Works replied that the item of £3OO was not intended to complete the repairs. They had a bigger thing in hand, and the work would be provided for in the Public Works Estimates. Replying to Mr Buchanan, who pointed out the necessity for increased grants for country districts, the Premier said that the vote for school buildings would be so aliocated as to meet the cases of districts where the population was increasing. The votes paid to education districts would be allocated on the basis of a new scheme that was now being worked out by the Minister of Education.

Mr Carson and others expressed satisfaction at the announcement, saying that the grant on a population basis had not worked satisfactorily. This class was passed soon after one o'clock, and the sitting of the House, which had occupied nearly twenty-three hours, terminated at 1.10 p.m.

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THE ESTIMATES., Issue 10470, 13 November 1897

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THE ESTIMATES. Issue 10470, 13 November 1897

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