§ MR. WILLIAM REDMOND (Clare, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Irish Government intend to take any steps, and, if so, what, to have Irish industries represented at the forthcoming St. Louis Exposition.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (MR. WYNDHAM, Dover)
Yes, Sir, the Irish Government are taking all the steps in their power to see that Ireland is properly represented, but the nature of these cannot well be stated until I know what the general arrangements are to be for the United Kingdom.
§ MR. ALFRED DAVIES (Carmarthen Boroughs)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he can now supplement the answer of the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the 18th December last† by stating what arrangements have been made for British and Irish commercial displays at the coming St. Louis Exposition; and whether a Royal Commission will be appointed in connection therewith.†See (4) Debates, cxiv.,, 1637.
§ THE PRIME MINISTER AND FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (MR. A. J. BALFOUR, Manchester, E.)
A Royal Commission will be appointed to deal with the subject. Its composition has not yet been finally determined, but it will, of course, contain representatives of both British and Irish interests.
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The object of the Royal Commission is to make such arrangements. If the arrangements had already been made it would not have been necessary to hare a Royal Commission.
§ MR. ALFRED DAVIES
Seeing that other Governments have already applied for space, are we not a little late?
§ No answer was given.