§ MR. ARTHUR MILLS
said, he wished to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, When the New Zealand Correspondence moved for last Session will be laid upon the table; and whether any intelligence has recently been received as to the proposed transfer of the seat of Government from Auckland to some other locality in New Zealand?
§ MR. CHICHESTER FORTESCUE
said, in reply, that the Government were aware that the question of changing the capital and the seat of Government in New Zealand had been much debated, but he believed the Legislature had come to no conclusion. At all events, the Governor had not informed the Colonial Office on the subject. The papers to which the hon. Gentleman had alluded would be laid on the table that evening and distributed tomorrow morning. The other papers, bringing down the history of the war to a very recent date, would, he hoped, be distributed on Saturday morning. He, therefore, trusted that the hon. Gentleman would defer the discussion on the subject until the papers were before the House.