MR. GIBSON BOWLES (Lynn Regis)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether before introducing the Seal Fisheries (North Pacific) Bill Her Majesty's Government apprised the Government of Canada of their intention so to do; whether the Government of Canada have been made aware of the provisions of the Bill; whether they have expressed their concurrence with those provisions or any 1056 opinion concerning it; and, whether he will lay upon the Table any correspondence which may have reference to the subject in or since the year 1893?
§ *SIR E. GREY
The Dominion Government were aware that legislation would be necessary to take the place of the existing Act, which expires on the 30th instant, and some time ago they furnished Her Majesty's Government with a full expression of their views as to the Amendments which they desired in the existing Act. These views have received careful consideration from Her Majesty's Government, who have endeavoured in the Bill now submitted to meet them substantially.
§ MR. T. GIBSON BOWLES
The hon. Member has not said whether correspondence will be laid upon the Table.