§ *SIR CHARLES DILKE
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it would be possible to lay before Parliament the last Dispatch from the Colonial Office resuming the commercial situation as between the United States and Newfoundland arising out of the Bond-Blaine Convention of 1890; and whether in that Dispatch the Colonial Office, while making reserves in the interest of Canada, declared that, in the event of Ito settlement between Canada and the United States being shortly come to, sanction would be given to the Convention by which Newfoundland products would be admitted duty free to the United States?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. J. CHAMBERLAIN, Birmingham, W.)
There is no Dispatch on record conveying such a promise. I 1594 am in communication with the Prime Minister of Newfoundland on the subject, and do not consider it desirable to publish Papers at present.