HC Deb 04 February 1904 vol 129 c333
DR. SHIPMAN (Northampton)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the fact that under the civil service regulations of most colonies, officers of their Governments are forbidden to participate in any proceedings of a political character, he will consider the advisability of making representations to the Ministries of self-governing colonies as to the impropriety of their Agents-General actively participating in British politics, or becoming members of an avowedly political organisation in this country.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Lyttelton.) As the Agents-General for the Colonies under responsible government are entirely under the control of the Colonial Ministers who appoint them, the matter is one for the Colonial Governments to consider, and I should not be disposed to interfere.