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HOUSE OF LORDS.âMONDAY. Their Lordships met at a quarter-past four o'clock. MISCELLANEOUS. The New Forest Highways Bill, and the Forest of Dean Highways Bill, passed through com- mittee. ANNEXATION IN THE PACIFIC. Lord LAMING TON asked the Colonial Secretary whether he had received official information that the Victorian Government, in' concurrence with the other colonial administrations, was taking steps with the view of urging on the Imperial Government the importance of annexing the New Hebrides, the Solomon Islands, and other groups in the Pacific, and whether he would state bow far any colonial Government was justified in annex- ing territory, or even in advising a policy of an. I nexation, without the previous consent of the Imperial Government. After a few remarks from Lord NORTON, The Earl of CARNARVON expressed a hope that I her Majesty's Government would give any repre- sentations that might be made to them their fullest consideration. He thoroughly believed in the loyalty of the colonists, but thought the time had come when her Majesty's Government should make arrangements to secure the safety of the southern seaboard of Australia. The question was one of great interest and importance to the Australian people. After some remarks from the Earl of Longford, the Duke of Manchester, and Lord Stanley of The Earl of DERBY said he did not see the use Alderley, I of discussing as an abstract question the desir- ability of the annex.tion of territory in the Pacific Ocean. He had caret oily gone through all the correspondence on the question, and he was bound to say that it did not, to his mind, satisfactorily account for what had taken place. There was no authority for the supposition that England had any intention of inten-eningin the way suggested, and it did not not appear that there was any shadow of evidence in support of the statements that had been circulated in relation to this subject. With regard to France, and the suspicions that had been ex- pressed with respect to the intention of that coiMitry, he reminded the House that the French Government already had upon their hands two colonial wars, and that it was not likely that they would involve themselves in a third under exist- ing circumstances. At th same time, he conld not say that the Government of Queensland were justified in the step they had taken, and the con- viction was strong in his mind that the Govern- ment of Queen-land did not apply to him in refer- ence to what they proposed to do, because they were of opinion that the application, if made, would not be granted. The effect of the action taken bytheGovernmentof Qneensland wassimply nil. The Government ot Queensland could not exercise authority in a sphere beyond its jurisdic- tion, and any act done outside the pale of that jurisiiction possessed no official character, conse- quently matters were left exactly where they were as far as the Government of Queensland was concerned. As to the question what was the course her Majesty's Government would be pre- pared to take, he would at once state to the House that they were not prepared to undertake the annexation of New Guinea. The country was one of vast extent; there was a population of several millions who would undoubtedly object to foreign occupation, while the expense of such a, proceeding also be taken into consideration. But beyond and apart from all these points he had come to the conclusion that it would be absolutely impossible that the Government of Queensland would be capable of administering the govern- ment of New Guinea while anuther and a very considerable difficulty would be that New Guinea could not be allowed to become a dependency of any one colony. Her Majesty's Government while prepared to do all they could to strengthen the hands of those who had the administration of the l'aci tic Islands, would also consider how they could best provide for the maintenance of good order and the security of British interests in that part of the world. He was prepared to lay on the table all he correspondence on the subject. The motion for papers was then agreed to. MISCELLANEOUS. The Fisheries Bill and the Stolen Goods Bill were read a third time, and passed. The Supreme Court of Judicature, Funds, &c., Bill passed thrcuyh committee, and The House adjourned at eight o'clock. I

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