§ MR. LOCKE
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it is not contrary to constitutional usage for Orders in Council and Acts of Parliament, which are sent to the Royal Court of Jersey for registration, to be referred to the State Assembly for discussion; whether the States of Jersey, at their sitting on Friday 20th July last, decided not to register the Order in Council respecting the ecclesiastical district at Gouray, and also refused to register the Acts of Parliament which have been transmitted; and, whether, in the event of such refusal, Her Majesty's Government will send a peremptory order for registration?
MR. ASSHETON CROSS
, in reply, said, it was not contrary to Constitutional usage for Orders in Council and Acts of Parliament which were sent to the Royal Court of Jersey for registration to be referred to the States Assembly for discussion. It was obviously a proper course when the Court was of opinion that such registration would prove prejudicial or the Island was not specially included in an Order or Act of Parliament, and in 969 any case of refusal Her Majesty s Government would await the receipt of any representation the Assembly might wish to make. No such representation had been received respecting the ecclesiastical district at Gouray.