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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Personal Volume

The Council Office to the Colonial Office

The Council Office to the Colonial Office.



I am directed by the Lord President of the Council to acquaint you, for the information of Earl Granville, that the Lords of the Judicial Committee have proceeded, in obedience to Her Majesty's order of reference of the 8th March, to consider the petition addressed to Her Majesty in Council by the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, which was transmitted to this office with a letter from the Bight Hon. Sir Frederick Stanley on the 3rd February last past.

The Lords of the Committee present on this occasion were the Lord President, the Lord High Chancellor, His Grace the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, Lord Aberdare, Lord Blackburn, Lord Hobhouse, and Sir Richard Couch; and their Lordships, having considered the petition and the two questions therein raised, namely,—
1.Whether the Constitution Act of 1867 confers on the Legislative Council powers co-ordinate with those of the Legislative Assembly in the amendment of ail Bills, including money Bills;page 34
2.Whether the claims of the Legislative Assembly, as set forth in their message of the 12th November, are well founded—agreed humbly to report to Her Majesty that the first of these questions should be answered in the negative, and the second question in the affirmative.

The report of the Judicial Committee has been approved by Her Majesty in Council to-day. Copies of the Order in Council approving the same will shortly be forwarded to you for transmission to Queensland.

I have, &c.,

Henry Reeve,

Registrar, P.C.

Sir Robert Herbert, K.C.B.,