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Carnarvon. Considerable correspondence had taken place between tihe Corporation amd the two Departments, and the officials of the two Departments were seen in London. The re- suit, however, was that they recommended that they Council should either have new agreements drawn out. with the- Construction Company or that a private bill should be pro- moled in Parliament in order to legalise tha agreements that were already in force. They had lwped, and he must say that they still had some ihope, that it would have been possi- ble to get the matter through without a private bill. But the time was getting so short that they had been advised that tha,best plan was to prepare for advertising and carrying out the preliminary arrangements before promoting a private bill. They had the assurance of the President of the Board of Trade that if it was possible in any way to arrange to the matter throuyh without a. hill it would be done. Now the Council were in this position-they would have to advertise twice, and the an- nouncement must appear twice before the 29th November. That was the position as far as it went. The Town Clerk thought the Council ought to pass a formal resolution, and that was the reason why it was submitted in the form it hiad been. Alderman R. Norman Davies seconded the proposal. Councillor Carter I was going to say thisâ that I thought that: the matter would ba dis- cussed the same time as the minutes, from which we gather that attempts are made to obviate the -expense of proceeding to get a private act, and before I ehall vote one way or the other I should like to have more in- formation. I do not know whether the mem- bers of the Council have seen the agreements made between the company and the Corpora- tion. I understand also that a statement of the position of affairs has been laid before the Presidents of the Board of Trade tlid the Local Government Board, together with coun- sel's opinion. Personally, J. should like to have an opportunity of inspecting these docu- ments, and have more information as to the expense to be incurred. I suggest that this question be considered at ia special meeting of the Council to be held next Tuesday. The Town Clerk explained that the state- ment supplied to the Board of Trade and the Local Government Retard was only a short statement showing what the Council really wanted. â OOltnCillorTGaa twr I -f o* sent to vote either way until I am in posses- sion of more information, and I move that the consideration of the matter b0 deferred till next Tuesday. Councillor) seconded. Councillor J. T. Roberts: I should like to know what information Mr Carter wants. Councillor Nee remarked that the step which. it wa.s suggested the Council should take was no doubt based upon the Sudbury case, and he would like to know how the agreements with the Carnarvon Corporation compared with the agreement placed before the court in that case. Before voting he would also like to know what was the statement as to their position that had been placed before the President of the Board of Trade. There was a great deal to be,glaine-d by having a special meeting to know what they were voting upon. A private Act was an expensive luxury, and if they could obviate it they ought to. Councillor J. T. Roberts said that one would gather from the wordis that had just fallen from Mr iNee. tha/t it was intende3 to promote a private bill whether it! was necessary or not. Mr W. G. Thomas made the position quito clear when he stated that it was not intended; to promote- a bill unless it. was absolutely ne- cessary but it would be too late to take the necessary preliminary steps to promote a bill unless they did so at once. Moreover, no harm would -be done by taking those. steps, which consisted of inserting advertisements in the newspapers, and if they did adjourn the Council till! next Tuesday, as suggested, he did not think the Council as a. whole would he in a, better position to decide whether the adver- tisements should be inserted or not. The thing was ftar too uncertain for any member to say that it was not necessary that one small and inexpensive step should be taken. ALDERMAN PARRY'S EXPLANATION. Alderman .R. iParry said that be quite sym- pathised with the new members in their diffi- dence to vote, but he could not understand why old members should be disposed to adjourn the matter. Of course, it, was a misfortune to the Council that the new members were not there before it was not their fault. The matter was a. very simple one in one sense. The Council entered into an agreement with the Construction Company and were told by legal odvisers that it was thoroughly correct, but it was found out afterwards that there was some dispute as to its legality. Whether that was so. or whether the agreement was on all fours with the Slud- bury agreement, it came to thisâthat the Local Government Board would not sanction any further loans for the Council. The Coun- cil had applied to the Board of Trade, and they said that so far they could not see that the agreement made between the Council and the "Construction Company was quite legal; but still there was a loophole. He quite agreed with what the chairman of the committee had said, and hoped that the IBba:rd of Trade would say that it waisl not necessary for the Council, to promote a bill or to do anything more than had been done, but that sanction would be given to get further/loajis for the purpose of their elec- tric supply. However, if the Local Govern- ment iBoard would, not, under existing condi- tions, sanction any further loans there were only two ways by which the Council (f,uld pro- ceed, either by a. provisional order or an act. With a provisional order they would have to reopen the whole question of the agreements be- tween them and the Company, and those agree- ments, everybody would agree, were very favourable to the Council, who took no respon- sibility whatever whether the electric lighting scheme was a success or not. But if they opened the question of the agreements again it

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