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PARLIAMENT CLOSED

THE LAST ACT OF ALL. [fta Unixbd Press Association.} WELLINGTON, November The Legislative Council met at 9,30 K.m.. The Appropriation Act was received from the House and passed through all stages. The Council rose at 9.37 until 11 o'clock. On resuming, valedictory speeches wero delivered, high tributes boing paid to the Speaker, tho Chaiman of Committees, and tho Hon. F. H. D. Bell, Leader of tho Council. The House, resumed at 10 o'clock. Mr Speaker announced that the Legislative Council had passed the Appropriation Bill The Speaker and the Clerk of Parliament then left for Government Honso to obtain His Excellency's signature to tho measure, the House to resume on the ringing of the bell. At 10.50 a.m. tho Speaker announced that he had presented tho Appropriation Bill to the Governor for the Royal assent, which His Excellency had been pleased to give in the name of His Majesty. Tho Bill provides for the following appropriations:—Consolidated Fund. £8.080,225; Public Works Fund, £3,492,194; other accounts, £1,436,197. The Prime Minister read a report from the Labor Department," which, he contended, established the fact that there was no victimisation bv the Huntly Coal Company, Mr Robertson contending that the report proved the opposite. The Prima Minister then delivered a valedictory speech, in which ho congratulated the Speaker and the Chairman of Committees upon the manner in which they had discharged their duties. Ho said that though the session was often stormy, they had made history; and he spoke in kindly terms of the Opposition, who were entering upon a political war and not a personal contest. There would probably be losses on both sides. He hoped that those victorious in the election campaign would take their success without undue elation, and that those who wero defeated would accept the decision with proper equanimity.

Sir J. G. Ward spoke in felicitous terms on the work of the session and of his fellow members.

The Speaker (Hon. F. W. Lang) and the Chairman of Committees {Mr Malcolm) returned thanks for the felicitations of tho Prime Minister and the Leader of the Op■position. The Hon. Mr Masrey announced that tho amount paid into the defence fund, exclusive of the funds in the hands of local committees, and gifts in kind, was £130,000, which he thought highly gratifying. Then ho moved that the House at its rising do adjourn till Tuesday next. On the motion that the House adjourn a division was taken, tho motion being lost by 25 to 17. The House adjourned at 11.39. and the third session of the eighteenth Parliament came to an end. WORK OF THE SESSION.

One hundred and ono public Bills have received the Royal assent, and 47 have been dropped. The House sat on 78 days, the average sitting being 6h 31min, the lowest for many years.

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PARLIAMENT CLOSED, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914

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PARLIAMENT CLOSED Issue 15642, 5 November 1914

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