§ Lord Howick
said, that the second Motion of which he had given notice was, for leave to bring in a Bill to transfer the application of the revenues of Newfoundland to a legislative body, to be created there by a Commission issued by his Majesty, the papers relating to which had been laid on the Table of the House. By that Commission a legislative assembly, similar to those in the other North American colonies, had been given to Newfoundland. One object of the Bill which he asked leave to bring in was, to transfer, as he had said, the application of the revenues of the colony to the new legislature, with the exception of a small civil list for the salary of the Go- 507 vernor, Secretary, and the judicial and law officers. Another object was, to continue certain Acts relating to the internal affairs of the colony (which would expire at the end of this year), until the new legislature should otherwise provide respecting them. Another object of the Bill was, to continue the fishery Acts in force for two years from the present time. He would now move that the Acts to which he alluded should be entered as read, and that the House should resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House to consider of those Acts.
§ Mr. Croker
was surprised at the answer of the noble Lord. He had never known of such a measure having been introduced without first consulting the law officers of the Crown.
§ Lord Howick
said, that the civil list was to fix the salaries of the Governor and the other officers he had mentioned.
The House went into a Committee on the Newfoundland Acts. A resolution was agreed to—ordered to be reported.
§ House resumed.