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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Personal Volume

Appendix No. 7

page 95

Appendix No. 7.

The Hon. Mr. Hall.—I have the honour to bring up the following report of the Managers of the second Free Conference on the Railways Construction Bill:—

The Managers, being unable to agree upon the question whether clause 3 of the Bill is or is not an appropriation clause, recommend that the amendments made in the said clause be omitted; and that the Ministry should advise His Excellency the Governor to avail himself of the powers conferred by the 5Gth section of the Constitution Act by transmitting the following amendments for the consideration of the Legislative Council and House of Representatives, instead of those that the Legislative Council proposed:—

"Provided always that no contract shall be entered into for the construction of any railway or any portion thereof unless—
"(1.)In the case of each line to be constructed plans and estimates shall he laid before the Governor in Council, with a certificate from the Chief Engineer that the route chosen for the railway is the best available one.
"(2.)Such plans and estimates be approved by the Governor in Council.

"And it is hereby declared that, within thirty days after the commencement of the then next session of Parliament, such plans and estimates shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament, together with a copy of any contract which may have been entered into with respect to the railway to which such plans and estimates refer."

I now move the following resolution: That, upon considering the report of the Managers for the Legislative Council of the second Free Conference on the Railways Construction Bill, this Council entirely approve the course which their said Managers have taken, and agree to the said report; and—relying upon the assurance given by the House of Representatives, through its Managers, that, upon His Excellency the Governor being advised to send down a message recommending the amendment to which the Conference have agreed, the House of Representatives will concur in the same—the Council will not insist further upon their amendments in clause 3 of the said Bill.

The Hon. Colonel Whitmore.—On behalf of the Government, I agree that that advice shall be given.