HC Deb 13 June 1898 vol 59 c54
MR. J. WILSON (Govan)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has received a petition from Jamaica praying him to withhold the consent of the Crown to a Bill lately passed by the Legislative Council of the Island giving increased facilities for the sale of rum; whether he is aware that this action has caused great dissatisfaction to those who are deeply interested in the moral and material prosperity of the people of Jamaica; and whether he can see his way to grant the prayer of the petitioners?


Yes, the petition in question and the law to which it refers have been received and will receive my most careful consideration, but I am not at present in a position to express any opinion on the subject.