Hon. T. W. CROTHERS (Acting Minister of the Interior) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 195, to amend the Railway Belt Water Act. He said: Hon. gentlemen will be aware that the province of British Columbia, many years ago, conveyed to the Dominion government a strip of land twenty miles on either side of the right of way of the Canadian Pacific railway, which land is now known as the Railway Belt. Disputes arose between the provincial and Dominion governments concerning the administration of -water-powers within the belt. A decision was finally rendered by the Judicial Committtee of the Privy Council, holding that the Dominion Government had the right to administer the water privileges within that belt. It has been thought that these water rights could be more conveniently and satisfactorily administered by the provincial government, certain reserves being made by the Dominion Government. An Act with that object in view was passed at the last session of this Parliament. This Act has been found in some respects impracticable and unworkable. The object of this Bill is to remedy the defects which have become apparent in the present Act and to make the Act more workable and satisfactory in the interests both of the province and the Dominion.