§ MR. ANDERSON
asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether, seeing there is now no Legislative Council in Malta by whom the 1905 new constituency can be divided into constituencies, the Secretary of State has sent any instructions to the Governor to make such a division, or if it is necessary that the new election should take place under the old system?
§ MR. EVELYN ASHLEY
Sir, the only instructions sent on the subject are in paragraph 8 of Lord Derby's despatch of the 8th of March, which has been laid before Parliament. In this despatch the Secretary of State states that Her Majesty's Government will be prepared to recommend Her Majesty to assent to an ordinance establishing suitable arrangements for the division of the Island into constituencies which could not legally be effected by the Letters Patent. The first election of the new Legislative Council must necessarily, therefore, be under the old system.