§ MR. EDMUND ROBERTSON (Dundee)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can state the actual terms of the conditions subject to which the British ratification of the Sugar Convention was deposited.
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Lord CRANBORNE, Rochester)
The information is contained in No. 7 of the Treaty Series of Foreign Office Parliamentary Papers. The conditions, subject to which the British ratification was deposited, were that His Majesty's Government would not consent under any circumstances to be bound to 1446 penalise bounty-fed sugar imported into the United Kingdom from any of the self-governing British colonies. Also that they were not prepared to accept any reference of this question to the Permanent Commission to be established under Article VII., and that His Majesty's ratification of the Convention was deposited under the explicit declaration above mentioned.