§ MR. HOWARD VINCENT
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether representations have been made to Her Majesty's Government by any of the self-governing colonies as to the termination of the clauses in the commercial Treaties with Foreign Countries, expiring in 1892 upon 12 months' notice, which preclude the colonies from extending preferential fiscal treatment to the products of other portions of the British Empire; and whether Her Majesty's Government will undertake that the Governments of these colonies shall be formally consulted before such clauses are renewed?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOE THE COLONIES (Baron H. de WORMS,) Liverpool, East Toxteth
I am not aware of any such representation. It is the practice to consult the self-governing colonies before any commercial Treaty is made applicable to them.