§ MR. DAVID THOMAS
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether any confirmation or renewal of the Order in Council of 1786, constituting the Board of certain Lords of the Committee for the time being of the Privy Council appointed for the consideration of matters relating to trade and foreign plantations was required or made at the commencement of the present or preceding reigns. And, if he will lay upon the Table of the House a statement giving annually during the past ten years the number of meetings of the Board of Trade and the attendances of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor, and other members of the Board at such meetings.
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
From inquiries made at the Council Office it appears that the Order in Council of 1786 is regarded as permanent and not requiring confirmation at the commencement of a new reign. The Return asked for in the second paragraph would be a blank.