HC Deb 01 May 1900 vol 82 cc420-1
MR. J. MORLEY (Montrose Burghs)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will lay on the Table of the House before introducing; the Australian Commonwealth Bill any written communications that may have passed between himself and the Australian delegates in London.


Yes, Sir; it is the desire and intention of the Government to lay another Blue-book on the Table before the discussion takes place on the introduction of the Bill, and that will contain anything in the nature of written memoranda that have passed between the delegates and Her Majesty's Government and a good deal of other matter. But I think I ought to say that it is possible that, inasmuch as in presenting Papers of this kind it is absolutely necessary for us to have the consent of all parties concerned, this may lead to some delay, and therefore some postponement of the introduction of the Bill. I do not know that there is any urgency in the matter, and I do not suppose that there will be any lengthened discussion of the details of such a measure.