MR. CATHCART WASON
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury if, during the process of inquiry into the question of preferential tariffs and retaliatory duties, His Majesty's Government will furnish a full account of the total cost of Imperial Defence, including India; and also the cost of the Consular and Diplomatic Service, showing the cost to the mother country, to India, and to the different Crown and self-governing colonies, of Defence and of Consular and Diplomatic Services.
§ THE PRIME MINISTER AND FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
I do not see very clearly what connection there is between the information asked for in the 1414 inquiry and preferential tariffs, and I learn there would be considerable difficulty in preparing the Return of the kind desired; but the hon. Gentleman will find a good deal of information on the subject on pages 42 and 43 of the Blue-book which gives an account of the Conference between the Colonial Premiers and the representatives of His Majesty's Government.