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The House met at 2.30.

The Premier moved that the Government business have precedence on Thursday.—Sir G. Grey objected to the motion, end the House divided on it, with the result of—ayes, 46 ; nces 19.

Esplying to questions, it was stated that the Government would consider the question of dealing with the gum fields during the recess.—That it would be ascertained whether any telegraph offices could be closed at night with advantage.

The Public Trust Act Amendment Bill, the Government Insurance Sill, and the Property Tax Bill were introduced and read the first time.

The remainder of the afternoon sitting was taken up with a fruitless discussion of the use of tobiceb in prison.

When business was resumed the Government Duty Reduction Bill was committed without amendment, read a third time, and passed.

An amendment in the Mining Companies Act was received from the Governor and agreed to.

The Treasurer moved the second reading of the .North Island Main Trunk Sail way Loan Application Sill, which was agreed to after some discussion, the only clause to which objection was offered being one . which proposed to devote £100,000 to the purchase of native land. The House then went into Committee on the Loan Bill. In the outset Hon. J. Bryce evinced a desire to prevent the Government from borrowing to a further extent next year.—Mr Downie Stew* art moved that the figures of £1,500,000 be st ruck out, leaving the amount of the loan to be fixed in the schedule.—ln answer to Mr Bryce the Treasurer said the Government were not prepared to take less than the amount in the Bill. A lpng discussion ensued, after which the emendment was withdrawn, and clause 3, fixing the amount of the loan, was agreed to.

Thames-To Arolia Line — The

Vote Gamed.

Iv the ponsideration of the schedule Mr J. C. Buckland moved that the' item Tbames-Te Aroha £53,000 be struck oui. —The Minister for Publio Works aaid that a considerable amount had already keen spent on the liae,—Mr W. Fraser

said that Mr Buckland had not been in the district for seven years, and could not; now form an opinion as to whether the line was a desirable one. Thia was a railway which would pay at once if any would,—Mr Buckland said he knew the country well.—Hon. Mr Rolleston said be did not see where the line was to go.— Mr Oadman said the district of Te Aroha. had practically been created since 1882.— Mr W, Fraser said there were 15,500 people along the lino of railway.—Mr Fergus asked whether £53,CC0 would finish the line.—The Minister said " No." —Mr Fergus asked how much it would take.—The Minister said it would take £75,000 more.—Mr Reid stated they had had it from the Treasury benches that the credit of the colony would not be good for long, and they must therefore "Hedge off." They mast attend first to the completion of main lines.—Mr Mitchelson said he should rote against the line be* cause he could not conceive that it would ever pay.—ln the division the vote was retained by 47 to 26.

The motion to strike out the appropriation to the Helensville North and Grey mouth-Hokitika lines were negatived.

The item Westport-Inangahua £63,030 was struck out, as also was the Blenheim Tophouse £68,000.

The item, permanent way £370,000, was reduced on the motion of the Treasurer to £45,000, and progress was then reported. The House adjourned ai 3.45 a.m.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Thames Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 5462, 29 July 1886

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Thames Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 5462, 29 July 1886

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