HC Deb 19 May 1887 vol 315 cc520-1
MR. HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If Her Majesty's Government will consider, in connection with the forthcoming Jubilee rejoicings, and in concert with Colonial Governments, the desirability of advising the Crown to recognise the progress made during the 50 years of Her Majesty's reign by Canada, Australasia, South Africa, and many of the Colonies founded by the British people, by such further extension of the Royal titles as may place other portions of the Empire on an equality in this respect with Great Britain, Ireland, and India?

MR. BADEN-POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)

also asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether any action had been taken in consequence of the agreement unanimously come to at the Colonial Conference that, subject to Her Majesty's pleasure, there should be an extension of the present title of Her Majesty, so as to include a distinct reference to the Colonies?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminister)

My answer to this Question will also be an answer to a Question of which I have received private Notice from the hon. member for the Kirkdale Division of Liverpool. The Question of the hon. Member for Sheffield was brought under the consideration of the Colonial Delegates at the Conference; and after some discussion they expressed themselves in favour of an extension of title, which would include the Colonies by special and distinct reference. Upon receiving an intimation of the opinion of the Delegates, Her Majesty's Government instructed the Governors of the responsible Government Colonies to ascertain the views of their respective Ministers upon this question. To this inquiry full replies have not yet been received; and there seems some little difference of opinion on the subject. It will, however, receive careful consideration from Her Majesty's Government.