HC Deb 02 May 1889 vol 335 c987

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the self-governing Colonies, especially Canada, Victoria, Natal, and the Cape, had given their opinion on the Sugar Convention; and, if so, would the Government communicate the correspondence to the House?


As stated at the meeting of the Conference on April 5th of last year, all the Colonies had at that date accepted the Convention except Tasmania and New South Wales. Since then Tasmania has telegraphed acceptance, but no expression of opinion has been received from New South Wales. As, however, the Government of that colony has had the Convention before it for a long period it is understood that no objection is there raised. There is very little correspondence on the subject beyond that published in the Blue Book, and as it is incomplete and does not convey any expressions of opinion on the Convention there would be no advantage in presenting it to Parliament.

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