BREACH OP PRIVILEGE
Mr. Livingston, clerk to the Receiver of Land Revenue, who refused to answer questions before the Gold Fields Committee has been up at the Bar. « Henry Livingston was " called" by the Sergeant-at-Arms; and Mr. Livingston came to the Bar. The Speaker—You are summoned to the Bar of the House, Mr. Livingston, to show cause why you refuse to answer questions put to you by the Select Committee on Gold Fields Management^ as it is reported to me you have done. It will be necessary for you to give reasons for so refusing ; or if you think proper now to answer the questions, I will put them to you. Mr. Livingston—The questions I before declined to answer, I again decline to answer. The Speaker -Will you give your reasons lor declining to answer those questions ? Mr. Livingston—lnstructions from ray superior. The Speaker—Who is your superior officer. Mr. Livingston—The Colonial Treasurer. The Speaker—l shall now put to you again the questions you refused to answer when before the Committee. [The questions' first put were—" I 3 it within your knowledge that any Gold Fields revenue, accruing to the Province in March last, has been wishheld from the Treasury ?" and, " Do you regard the Gold Fields revenue as territorial revenue ?"
Mr. Livingston's answer to each of those questions, and to the others put, was, " I decline to answer ;" and each question being followed by, "Why do you refuse to answer ?" the reply was, "Because of instructions from my superior," or, " For the reasons I have already stated." ; The Speaker—l now put a question to you, as Speaker of this House. Am I to understand that you refuse to answer the questions as put to you by the Committee, soleiy on the ground that your superior officer has restricted you, and not out of contempt to this Council, or from wilful disobedience to my warrant ? Mr. Livingstone—Certainly. The Speaker—You can withdraw. Ultimately, Mr. Livingstone was liberated without being fined, on the ground that he had acted under the orders of the General Government.
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OTAGO., Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 9, 12 June 1867
OTAGO. Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 9, 12 June 1867
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