HC Deb 18 May 1905 vol 146 c748

To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Provinces of Canada, which, along with all Colonies of the Crown, at present enjoy the benefits of the Colonial Stock Acts of 1877 and 1892, are alone deprived by Imperial legislation of the benefits of the Colonial Stock Act of 1900; and whether, with a view to the removal of such disability, His Majesty's Government would be prepared, on the motion of the Dominion of Canada, to take steps with a view to such amendment of the British North American Act as would confer upon the King in Council, as well as upon the Governor-General in Council, the right of disallowance of Bills assented to by the Lieutenant-Governors of the Provinces of Canada, whereby the Provinces of Canada might be enabled to enjoy the benefits of the Colonial Stock Act of 1900.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Lyttelton.) I have received no communication from the Canadian Government on this subject, and am not prepared to say what action His Majesty's Government might be prepared to take in the hypothetical case referred to by my hon. friend.