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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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44 TIIE PUBLIC LAW OF FINLAND.

controls not only tlie affairs of tlie Lutheran
Church, but also questions concerning other
religious denominations ; public instruction,
with the exception of professional schools and
the fine arts and sciences, is also under its
control; the University, however, enjoys an
autonomy of which mention will be made later on.

The section of agriculture controls all business
in connexion with agriculture and rural
econo-my, forestry, drainage works, railways, canals,
and other public works.

In general it is the function of the sections
to prepare matters for the consideration of the
Administrative Department ; to watch over and
control the actions of the officials and public
servants under their orders ; to take the
initiative in measures of public utilitj^, and to
submit to the department projects for carrying
these measures into effect.

Nevertheless, the sections are authorised to
decide, without reference to the department, a
number of questions of small importance
determined by the regulations of the Senate. It is
worthy of remark, too, that the sections report,

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