HC Deb 11 March 1887 vol 312 c14
MR. MONTAGU (Tower Hamlets, Whitechapel)

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether his attention has been called to a paragraph in The Standard of the 8th March, which contains the following statement with regard to the Gold and Silver Commission:— The Commissioners will probably hold only two or three further meetings. Whether he is aware that the Commissioners have only recently entered into an inquiry as to bi-metallism, which was the main object of their appointment; and, whether, considering the important character of the subject, he can inform the House if the Commissioners will close their inquiry without calling upon well-known authorities to give evidence as to the advisability of promoting an international agreement for the introduction of bi-metallism?


My attention has not been drawn to the paragraph in question. My impression is that there is no foundation for such a statement. As the hon. Member is aware, the Commissioners act entirely on their own responsibility, and the Government do not interfere with the discharge of their duties. I should think that the Commission will not break up without dealing with all the important questions that were referred to it.