HC Deb 18 July 1889 vol 338 c716

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has observed that in some of the replies to Lord Knutsford's Circular of the 31st May, 1888, on the subject of a scheme for State-directed Colonization, it is apparently assumed that the scheme has been framed by a Joint Committee appointed by the two Houses of Parliament, whereas, in point of fact, it was framed by a body of Peers and Members of the House of Commons, not appointed by, and having no authority from, Parliament itself; and, whether the Secretary of State will take steps to remove this misapprehension?


The Secretary of State has no reason to think that the misapprehension has led any Colonial Government to consider the scheme as having the special authority of Parliament; but in any case the right hon. Gentleman by calling attention to the subject will probably have done all that is necessary to remove any misapprehension.