HC Deb 21 June 1861 vol 163 c1420

said, he rose to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether, now that the rebellion in New Zealand is suppressed, the Government are taking such steps as will tend to extricate this Country from any future implication in Native Policy; and whether they will now advise Her Majesty to give assent to the Native Council Bill sent by the New Zealand Legislature for Her approval?


said, a new Governor, Sir George Grey, had been appointed, and had been desired to report to the Government upon the whole subject. It would, therefore, be wrong to fetter his discretion by advising the Crown to assent to the Native Council Bill. Her Majesty's Government had no disinclination to assent to that Bill, but they would reserve their final decision until they had received the Report from Sir George Grey.