§ MR. BUCHANAN (Perthshire, E.)
): I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Colonial Office has at any time received any offer from any of the self-governing Colonies to open the home market of such colony to British manufactures on equal terms with colonial manufactures, or on terms better relatively to colonial manufactures than those now existing; and, if such an offer has been received, from which colony or colonies has such offer been received, and what were the conditions accompanying it.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. LYTTELTON,) Warwick and Leamington
No offers have been made of the nature indicated in the Question. The general attitude of the self-governing Colonies in respect to this matter was defined in the Resolutions passed at the Colonial Conference in 1902. Steps have since been voluntarily taken by several of the self-governing Colonies to give effect to this policy, but without any negotiation or correspondence or bargaining with the mother country.