HL Deb 24 April 1863 vol 170 c671

, in moving that the Bill be now read a second time, according to Order, explained that by the 6 & 7 Will. IV., c. 57, certain powers were given to the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope to deal with certain offences committed by Her Majesty's subjects within certain territories adjacent to the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope. Since that time, however, new Colonies had been founded in South Africa, and it had become necessary to vary the powers given by the former Act. By this Bill the laws in force at the Cape of Good Hope for the punishment of crimes were extended to British subjects in parts of South Africa not being within jurisdiction of any civilized Government. Such crimes were made cognizable in the Courts of the Colony of Natal, or any other Court south of the 25th degree of south latitude. The Governor of the Cape was moreover authorized to address commissions to persons to act as magistrates in such territory.

Motion agreed to.

Bill read 2a, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.