MR MASSEY AND SIR JOSEPH WARD. HEARTY RECEPTION IN LONDON By Telegraph—Press Association— Copyright. ' Australian and N.Z. C»bla Association. ' LONDON, October 8. Mr Massey and Sir Joseph Ward arrived at Paddington station at ten last night. There was a picturesque sceno at tho station when a big body of New Zealand troops on the dimly lighted platform greeted them with rousing cheers. Mr Massey in a few words expressed his formal thanks. Sir Thomas Mackenzie and many New Zealandera and others wero present, including Lord Plunket, Sir James Carroll, Mr James Ooates, Mr Gilbert Anderson, General Richardson, Mr Moss Davis, Mr T. IS. Donne, Colonels Fitzherbert, Hall and Myers. The Ministers' wives and the rest of the party are in the best of health and were delighted,to hear of the New Zeaianders' prowess at Flers, though tho joy was tempered by sad regrets at the casualties. They ' are staying at the Hotel Cecil as the guests of the Government.
SHORT STAY PROBABLE. '
For obvious reasons the news of the j departure for London of the Prime j Minister and Sir Joseph AVard, Minister of Finance, had *o be kept out of the. newspapers for a time. The National | Cabinet leaders were no sooner satisfied ( as to the success of the New Zealand war loan than they started for London, at the invitation of the Imperial authorities. Included in the party are Lady Ward, Mrs Massey, wife of the Prime Minister, and Miss Massey. " Wo do not intend to make a long stay," remarked the Prime Minister.' to the correspondent of the " Lyttelton Times" when he was leaving Wellington. "We expect to start back in November, and be ready for an early session, probably in March or April." It was gathered from other sources that if peace is in sight while the New Zealand visitors are in England they will prolong their stay. Otherwise the plan mentioned by the Prime Minister will be followed. It has already been made clear by Mr Asquith that the representatives of the overseas dominions will, be consulted when the j time comes to consider peace terms, and j it is clear, too, that this means an actual personal consultation, and not an exchange of more or less formal despatches. If the National Cabinet leaders are not in when the time comes to end the great struggle they will /return* This i 3 why it is 'intended to have another early session, so as to clear the position in New Zealand immediately after the leaders are due back. Any delay in their return may he, therefore, taken as an exceedingly good augnry. It is forty years since the Prime Minister saw the Old Country as a lad. He has been brought up in New Zealand, and looked forward to the sight of England as a strange yet familiar spectacle^—strange to his vision, but . a place which has always been dear to his heart. The relatives Jie left behind as a boy' have disappeared one by one, until there are only an aunt and a few cousins left to greet him, apart from the official welcome which will be cordially given him as one of the representatives of a part .of the Empire which has done its best in the crisis pf v tho Empire's need. CABINET ARRANGEMENTS. The Hon James Allen is ActingPrime Minister. Mr Massey's principal portfolios have been distributed as follow : Lands and Labour, to Sir Francis Bell; Minister in Charge of Board of Trade stud. Imperial Purchase Committee, Hon W. D. S. Mac Donald. f. Sir Joseph Ward's portfolio of Finance is temporarily held by the -Hon A. M. Myers, who was Minister of Finance ill the Mackenzie Cabinet. Mr Myers is also Minister in Charge of the Land and Income Tax Department. The Acting-Postal ister-General is the Hon Dr'M'Nab, who is also actingleader of the Liberal Party during his chief's absence. The Hon James Allen was the only member of the National Recruiting Board left in New Zealand upon the departure of tho National Cabinet leaders. Their places have been taken bv the Hon W. 11. Herries and the Hon Di- M'Nab. The latter has previously been identified with the administration of Defence matters in the Dominion. An interesting feature of the temporary appointments is the additional responsibility which is thrown upon Sir Francis Bell, leader of the Legislative Council, who has been acting without ministerial salary. One of the last matters considered by Cabinet before Mr Massey and Sir Joseph AVard left New Zealand was the payment of honorary Ministers. A number of members of the House of Representatives expressed themselves strongly'in favour of Mr Hanan's extremely effective work in the Education Department being properly recognised by a ministerial salary.- The Prime Minister assured them that when the Government considered the matter, the House would be satisfied with the result. There is every probability of Parliament being asked early next session to grant full ministerial salary to both the Minister of Education and Sir Francis Bell, dating from April 1 of this year.
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ARRIVED SAFE., Star, Issue 11824, 9 October 1916
ARRIVED SAFE. Star, Issue 11824, 9 October 1916
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