HC Deb 06 May 1901 vol 93 cc733-4

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will state upon what grounds he proposes to advise His Majesty to issue letters patent embodying the constitutions of the Transvaal and Orange River Colonies without first submitting the same to Imperial Parliament for debate and consideration.


On the ground of precedent. If objection is taken to anything that is done it is open to discussion on a vote of censure in Parliament.


Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that a precedent as to the Royal prerogative instituted in the time of the Stuarts is applicable to the circumstances we are now dealing with?


Order, order!