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PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS. Such progress was made with yesterday's business in the House of Representatives that before the rising at midnight the Prime Minister was able to announce that the session -would be brought to a close to-day. LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

Tho Mining Act Amendment Bill was put through its final stages. The Coal Mines Bill was taken in committee, reporter] with amendments, read a third time, and passed. The Native. Land Act Amendment and the Native Land Claims Adjustment Bills were put through their final stages. The "Washing-up Bill"' was read a second time. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Clause 4 of the Coal Mines Bill was altered in committee to enable Mr Reed to retain his position as Chief Inspector of Mines. On the third Teading Mr Wil_ford strongly .condemned the lack of precautions to prevent disaster.—-In the course of his reply, the Minister 'of Mines declared that the object of the criticism was political capital. He denied that the passage of the Bill last year would have prevented the Huntly accident. A lesson could be derived from this disaster, which might- prevent futiuv accidents of like kind.—The Bill passed its final stages. The motion to print the report of tho Huntly Commission was carried. Tii" Prime' Minister said, in reply to Mr Webb, that it was not for him to makeany definite statement regarding the Huntly disaster, as a man would probably shortly be on his trial on a charge of manslaughter. Fie would do anything he eon id to prevent the victimisation of miners.

The Minister nf Finanee (Hon. Mr Al!°n) i.vd on the Ir>h]o a new agreement made be: ween the Dominion and the Bank of New Zealand, lie indicated that the agreement would result in a saving to the .-ountry of between £2.000 and £3.(X)O r""r annum.

Two Native Bills were put through all stores. Tries*-- -were the Native. Land Act Amendment Bill (the provisions of which ere mniniy of ;> m.T'hincry nature), and the Native Band Claims Adjustment Bill (regarding whi< hj the Minister assured the House thnl there were no swindles).

Amendments made hy 1 hj/» Legislative Council in t.h" War Contributions Consolidating Bill \v<--re divigreed with, and those made in the Mortgage? Extension Act Amrndment Bill agreed to. The. following Biils were put through all stages :—Orchard and Gaiden Diseases Act Amendment. Railwavs Authorisation. M-ut-Al Defectives. Port Ahuriri-West Shore Bond r.rd Railway. Legislature Act Amendment (No. 2). N'ew Zealand Uiiivrrsity. The Public Di>:u:iiiis and Reserves Art Amcndnv.Mit. Bill, ilv Medical! Prtvctitioncir. R''!l. and the Reserves and Other Lands Disposal and Public Bodies Empowering Bill (the us'.'i! '-Washing-up" Bill) were read a- second time. The amendments made in the Mining Art Amendment and Coal Mines Act Amendment Bills were agreed to on the motion of the Minister (if Mines. The Minister of Jr.overl the second reading p[ dve Sliops and Officer* Bill, bringing businesses selling tobacco aiul cigarettes into line so far as closing hours are concerned.—Mr Hindmarsh put in a plea for the inclusion of workers hi private hotels amongst those benefited by the main Acts, and Messrs Payne and Vciteh supported him.—The second reading was carried on the voices. The Prime Minister suggested that the Cook Islands Bill be put through and brought down tor r«coiifiideration next year, but the Leader of the Opposition said he could not agree to pass a. Bill o! 675 clauses on trust.

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HEARING THE END, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914

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HEARING THE END Issue 15641, 4 November 1914

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