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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. The Fducation Act Amendment Hill was reported from committee without, material amendment, read a third time, and passed. The Kauri Gum Industry and Slate Advances Act Amendment iSilis were, put through; all stages without amendment. The following local Hills were put through committee, read a third time, a-nd passed :—Auckland Lily Fmpowering. Auckland Harbor Hoard Empowering. Christehureh District Drainage, Christchurch -Milk .Supply and .Markets, Duncdin Drainage and Sewerage, Dmiedin A\"ai;3oi i Falls,. Flt.ha.Ni Drainage, Napier Harbor Hoard Fmpowering, Riccarton Hush. Southland Drainage, Takapuna Fore.-dioiv. Waitara Harbor. Board, and Whangaici Borough Laud Vesting. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. The Minister of Defence stated, in reply to a question, that the Government had made inquiries from the local woollen mills as to what quantity of khaki they could turn out. This information had been cabled Home to the Imperial authorities, ami if instructions tame to order auv quantity of khaki the orders would be given. Leave of absence was granted for the remainder of the session to the member for Kaiapoi. Mr Kuddo, on account of illness. The Prime Minister introduced the Shops and Oliices Act Amendment Hill, which was read a first time and referred to the Labor Hills Committee. The Prime Minister also introduced the Public Deserves and Domains Dill, which was read ;t first time and referred to the Lands Committee. 'llie Minister of Finance, on the motion of Mr Witty, laid on the table a. return showing: ill The total amount of commitments under the State Guaranteed Advances to Local Hoilies on the date the Massey Government came, into office; 1.2) the number and names of local bodies to whom the commitments had been made. The lion, member's request for the date on which each payment had been made and the amounts so paid was refused. This led to a debate on tho old question of the commitments, the Opposition contending that, the commitments of £711.000 were not ail due m one year, but should lie spread over a. period ot years. -The Minister of Finance declared that Sir Joseph Wait] had plunged with the public linance, and had left the Government to face the slump. Sir Joseph Ward had information fjom his departmental officers in 1911 that there was a slump in the money market, and that loans to settlers and local bodies should be cut down, but that fact had been deliberately withheld from the people because it was election year. So' greatly had the finances improved under the Government that they had paid off the whole of the £711.000 except about £50.000 in two years, in a-*li-tion to a large amount of liability of their own. A' l«ngthy discussion on finance arising out of the Loan Bill is reported elsewhere. The Shipping and Freights Committee were given an extension of time until Friday to bring down their report. The House went into Committee of Supply on the Estimates, and after the first item had been passed progress was reported, and the House rose at 1.25 a.m.

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YESTERDAY'S PARLIAMENT, Evening Star, Issue 15635, 28 October 1914

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YESTERDAY'S PARLIAMENT Evening Star, Issue 15635, 28 October 1914