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An Act to provide for the Construction and Working
of a Submarine Cable from the Island of Van-
(17th August, 1901.]
of a submarine.cable (in this Act called the Pacific cable) from the Island of Vancouver on the west coast of the Dominion of Canada to Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean and thence by means of two cables to New Zealand and to Queensland respectively at an estimated cost of two million pounds :
And whereas it has been arranged that any sum required for the repayment of any money borrowed under this Act and for the annual expenses of the cable (including interest at the rate of three per cent on borrowed money) shall (so far as not covered by receipts) be ultimately provided, as to fiveeighteenths thereof, by His Majesty's Government and, as to thirteen-eighteenths thereof, by the Governments of Canada, of the States of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria and of New Zealand (in this Act referred to as the Colonial Governments), and that any profits arising from the cable shall be divided between His Majesty's Government and the Colonial Governments in the same proportion :
And whereas it is expedient to make provision with respect to the construction and working of the cable by a board of management to be called the Pacific Cable Board :
Be it therefore enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
1. The Treasury shall, as and when they think fit, issue out Issue of of the Consolidated Fund or the growing produce thereof money and of such sums, not exceeding in the whole the sum of two million Fund for pounds, as may be required by the Pacific Cable Board for purposes of defraying the costs of the construction of the Pacific cable
and for the repayment of any temporary loan raised for the
Borrowing for purposes of Act.
2.-(1.) The Treasury may, if they think fit, at any time borrow money for the purpose of providing for the issue of sums out of the Consolidated Fund under this Act or repaying to that fund all or any part of the sums so issued, and all sums so borrowed shall be paid into the Exchequer.
(2.) Any sums so borrowed shall, during the construction of the Pacific cable, bear interest at the rate of three per cent per annum and, after construction, shall be repaid with interest at the same rate by means of terminable annuities for such period, not exceeding fifty years from that time, as the Trea
(3.) The principal of, and interest on, any money so borrowed and, after construction, the annuities created for the purpose of the repayment of that money shall, unless otherwise provided for, be charged on, and paid out of, the Consolidated Fund or the growing produce thereof.
Annual expenses of cable.
3.-(1.) The amount required in each year for the annual expenses of the Pacific cable, including any such expenses incurred before the passing of this Act, shall be defrayed out of the receipts arising in connection with the cable and, so far as those receipts are not sufficient, out of moneys provided by Parliament.
(2.) For the purposes of this Act the annual expenses of the Pacific cable include any sums required for the payment of interest on money borrowed for the purposes of this Act (including the interest on any temporary loan raised for the purpose of the cable before the passing of this Act) or for the payment of annuities created under this Act and any expenses of the Pacific Cable Board or other expenses properly incurred in working or maintaining the cable.
(3.) Such sums as are received from any colonial government on account of the annual expenses of the Pacific cable shall be paid into the Exchequer.
Application of profits.
4. If in any year the receipts arising in connection with the Pacific cable exceed the amount required for the annual expenses of the cable as hereinbefore defined, the surplus shall be applied, in such manner as the Treasury direct, in reduction of any sums outstanding on account of money borrowed under this Act, and, if there is no such sum outstanding, thirteen-eighteenths of the surplus shall be paid to the Colonial Governments, and the residue shall be dealt with as the Treasury determine.
Payments by 5. Any sums available for the payment of interest on money
paid over by the Pacific Cable Board in such manner and at such times as the Treasury direct.
6.-(1.) The construction and working of the Pacific cable Pacific Cable
Board. shall be under the control and management of a board ceisti. tuted in manner provided by the schedule to this Act and called the Pacific Cable Board, and the cable and all property used for and in connection with the cable and any rights and obligations under any contract for or in connection with the construction of the cable entered into before the passing of this Act shall be vested in, and be rights and obligations of, the Board.
(2.) The provisions of the schedule to this Act shall apply with respect to the constitution and proceedings of the Pacific Cable Board.
7. The Pacific Cable Board shall in every financial year Account:
and audit. cause to be made out an account, in such form as the Treasury require, of the money received, expended and borrowed and of the securities created under this Act, and that account shall be audited in manner directed by the Treasury and laid before Parliament.
8. This Act may be cited as the Pacific Cable Act, 1901.
Section 6. PROVISIONS AS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE
PACIFIC CABLE BOARD. 1. The Pacific Cable Board shall consist of
Three members representing His Majesty's Government;
New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland ; and
2. The first members of the Board shall be
Sir Spencer Walpole, K.C.B. (Chairman)
representing His Majesty's Government.
representing the Government
of Canada. representing the Governments of New South Wales,
Hon. Henry Copeland
Hon. W. P. Reeves
3. The Pacific Cable Board shall be a body corporate by that name, with perpetual succession and a common seal and with power to purchase, take, hold and dispose of lands and other property for the purposes of this Act.
4. Any vacancy occurring in the office of the members representing His Majesty's Government, by reason of death, resignation, incapacity or otherwise, shall be filled by the Treasury; and any such vacancy in the office of the representatives of any of the Colonial Governments shall be filled by the Government or Governments which the member whose office is vacant represented.
5. The Treasury may appoint a member of the Board to be chairman of the Board, and, so long as the chairman does not hold any office of profit under the Crown or under any Colonial Government, there shall be paid to him such salary, not exceeding six hundred pounds a year, as the Treasury direct.
6. The Board may appoint such officers and employ such persons and take such other steps as they think necessary and expedient for properly carrying out their duties and may provide an office for the transaction of their business.
7. The Board may regulate their proceedings in such manner as they think fit, but on any matter on which the votes of the Board are equally divided the person presiding at the Board shall have a second or casting vote, and the quorum of the Board shall be three.
8. The Board may act notwithstanding any vacancy in their number.
OTTAWA: Printed by SAMUEL EDWARD D.wsox, Law Printer (for Canada)
to the King's most Excellent Majesty.