An Act to provide for Oaths to Witnesses being administered in certain cases for the purposes of either House of Parliament
[Assented to 22nd May, 1868.]
Whereas it is expedient that the Senate should have power to examine witnesses at the Bar on Oath ; and whereas it is also expedient that evidence taken before any Select Committee of either House of Parliament on a Private Bill, should be available, if desired, before the Committee of the other House to which the same Bill is referred, and that for this purpose the Select Committees of the Senate and of the House of Commons on Private Bills, should be enabled to administer an oath to the witnesses examined before them : Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows :
Examination on oath at Bar of Senate
1. Witnesses may be examined upon oath at the Bar of the Senate, and for that purpose the Clerk of the House may administer an oath to any such witness.
And before Select Committees on private Bills in Senate
2. Any Select Committee of the Senate to which any Private Bill bas been referred by that House, may examine witnesses upon oath, upon matters relating to such Bill, and for that purpose the Chairman or any Member of such Committee may administer an oath to any such witness.
Or in the House of Commons
3. Any Select Committee of the House of Commons to which any Private Bill has been referred by that House, may examine witnesses upon oath, upon matters relating to such Bill, and for that purpose the Chairman or any Member of such Committee may administer an oath to any such witness.
4. Any person examined as aforesaid, who shall wilfully give false evidencebe liable to the penalties of perjury.
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