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Extracts from the Better Government of India Bill, passed by the British Parliament in 1858
(Catalogue ref: PRO 30/12/22 pt1)
Source 4a

A BILL FOR
The Better Government of India.

Transfer of the Government of India to Her Majesty.
I. The Government of the Territories now in the Possession or under the Government of the East India Company, and all Powers

Source 4b

in relation to Government vested in or exercised by the said Company in trust for Her Majesty, shall cease to be vested in or exercised by the said Company, and all Territories in the Possession or under the Government of the said Company, and all Rights vested in or which if this Act had not been passed might have been exercised by the said Company in relation to any Territories, shall become vested in and be exercised on behalf of Her Majesty; and for the Purposes of this Act India shall mean the Territories vested in Her Majesty as aforesaid, and all Territories which may become vested in Her Majesty by virtue of any such Rights as aforesaid.

II. India shall be governed by and in the name of Her Majesty, and all Rights in relation to any Territories which might have been exercised by the said Company if this Act had not been passed shall and may be exercised on behalf of Her Majesty as Rights incidental to the Government of India; and all the Territorial and other Revenues of or arising in India; and all the Tributes and other Payments in respect of any Territories which would have been receivable by or in the Name of the said Company if this Act had not been passed, shall be received for and in the Name of Her Majesty, and shall be applied and disposed of for the Purposes of the Government of India, subject to the Provisions of this Act. ......

Source 4c

Council of India.
VII. For the Purposes of this Act a Council shall be established, to consist of Fifteen Members, and to be styled the Council of India; and henceforth the Council in India now bearing that Name shall be styled the Council of the Governor General of India.

VIII. Within Fourteen Days after the passing of this Act the Court of Directors of the East India Company shall, from among the Persons then being Directors of the said Company or having been theretofore such Directors, elect Seven Persons to be with the Persons to be appointed by Her Majesty as herein-after mentioned the First Members of the Council under this Act, and the Names of the Persons so elected by the Court of Directors shall be forthwith, after such Election, certified to the Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India, under the Seal of the said Company, and it shall be lawful for Her Majesty, by Warrant under Her Royal Sign Manual, within Thirty Days after the passing of this Act, to appoint to be Members of such Council Eight Persons.

Source 4d

X. The major Part of the Persons to be elected by the Court of Directors and of the Persons to be first appointed by Her Majesty, after the passing of this Act to be Members of the Council shall be Persons who have served or resided in India for Ten Years at the least; and no Person other than a Person so qualified shall be appointed or elected to fill any Vacancy in the Council unless at the Time of the Appointment or Election Eight at the least of the continuing Members of the Council be Persons qualified as aforesaid.
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