END OP THE EIGHTEENTH PARLIAMENT. • At yesterday afternoon'o sitting of the House'of Representatives tha Defence Act Amendment, Public Reserves, Domains Act Amendment, and Medical Practitioners Bills wero put through their final etages. Th« amendments made in the " Wash-ing-up " Bill jceie agreed to. "On meeting at 7.30 p.m. the. Prime Minister announced that the Land Act Amendment Bill and the Shops and Ofticcs Bill would be dropped. SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES. The Supplementary Estimates wore taken in committee. Included in the it*ms are th-s fallowing:— Hospital Board, subsidy on account and donations from Otago University and refund of students' fees, £lt!0 : smallpox epidemic expense* (additional). £3,000; subsidy to Plunkefc nurses, £1,000; expense of Governor's visit to Cook Islands (additional), £2,000; wireless experiment for coastal ships, £400; purchase of wheat in Australia, £11.274; bonis for improvement in flax-dressing machinery, £1,750 ; additional hou63 allow a.icc to teachers, £500; reformatory for women at Christchureh, £1,000; special school for girls, £4,000; Lake Coleridge water power scheme, £48,000; allowance, to widow of W. C. vJnsqucmo (Into manager State Coal Department), £500; allowance to Lady Guinness, £SOO ; work for unemployed, £7,500 ; teachers' salaries, etc. (additional), £8,750 ; travelling expenses of school inspectors Additional), £1.250: district high school salaries (additional), £900; secondary schools and colleges capital (additional), £1,000; Goodwood Settlement, £100; Flat? Swamp (£ for £), £100; Evansdale to Wa.ikoua.itt bridge (£ for £). £150; Woikouaiti River footbridge (£ for £), £100; Waikouait; Main road (£ for £), £250; Qnarrv road, Waikoneiti (£ for £), £SO; W^t"Harbor Main road, £250; Gordon bridge, Mosgic', £SO; Leslie's Hill, Tuapeka, £100; Clark's Fiat read, Tuapeka, £100; Waitalruna railwav station t<> Lockbart's, £100; Toko bridge (£ for £), £600; Lorcll's Flat to Hiliend. £75; Young's road, Clarendon, £SO; Dunedin University wall, £300; esplanade extension, Ocean Beach (£ for £), £1.500; Alexandra bridge repairs (£ for £l, £525; Dunstan Creek bridge (£ for £). £250; Clyde bridge approach, £150; Cromwell Borough road, £ZOO : Cheetwocd road. Clistha, £1C0; Sandford road, Clutha, £100; Owaka to Catlins bridge, township to railwav crossing, £IOO. The whole amount (£240.818) of the " Supplemcntarics" was put through in a few minutes over an hour. PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS PASSED. While the was waiting for the Appropriation Bill the Prime. Minister eaid he would give the mem be re for Wellington South and Lyttelton an opportunity to move the third reading of the Bills "introduced by them, and which had reached that stage. The Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Bill (Mr Hindmarsh) and tho Industrial Unions and Trade Unions Bill (Mr M'Combs) were then read a third time and passed. ADVANCES TO SETTLERS. Tho Hon. Ja.-. Allen btated that owing io tho improved financial position it had bsen decided to increase the amount of loans under the- Advances to Settlers Act from £SOO to £750. APPROPRIATION BILL. At 11 o'clock the Appropriation Bill was introduced. On the ePcoud reading Mr Veiteh eriticiced a return which was laid on the table giving the number of appeals made by members of the Post and Telegraph Service against tho decision of tho Public Service Commissioners, contending that it disclosed a most unsatisfactory state of affairs compared with other brandies not under the Commissioners. The Minister (Hon. A. L. Hcrdmau) said Mr Vcitch's criticism was made without any justification. Mr At'more criticicfd tho vot-e- of £525 to Mr C. B. Morifon for drafting n Natiw Bill, which lie (-aid at the iate "1 £1 per line. Mr Nbsworthy read out romo of thr legal expenses >">f the Waul Govornm m'. to'show that the- Liberals paid lar-e .mhos to their suppoiters for legal work done. Mr Payne attacked th-- Government nllesincr t"hs*t Miev had administered (he Vublic'Trtist. Office ir. the int?rr?ts of the \:-t-,\\ profession. 'Mr Ell contended that th* Government had net carried out their pledges to reduce, borrowing and taxation or (he ,-:.>■*.':- tion of tho Mortgage Tax. The Government had this yoar tali-en now authority to borrow no less than £6.£OO,CCO, Mr Webb complained of tho i;;ac:io;i of the Government with regard to t!'.-"• Hunt-'y mine disaster and in ma km-.; provision for the widows and orphans ot miners. The Minister of Finance (Horn .fa*. Allen) replied at considerable length jus-, t.jfying the financial proposals made, and contending that the appointment of officers of the Expeditionary Force, was entirely satisfactory, and _inndc on _i he special recommendation of General C-od-lev. . . .
'in committer, the House divukd on clause 26, which provided for the payment of a subsidy of £9,000 to_ihs Tarnnaki Oil Be finery Company.—the dam--? was retained by 23 votes to 10. and the Bill reported without amendment. Sir Josei>h Ward, Messrs Nosworthy, Masaey, Witty. Wilkinson, M'Gnllum. Robertson. Payne, and the Hon. I". M. B. Fisher continued the discussion on the third reading, and the Hon. Jas. Allen finally replied. The Bill was pasr-rd. and the- llouso rose at 6.45 a.m. until 10 a.m.
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