HC Deb 25 May 1905 vol 146 cc1390-1
MR. LAMBERT (Devonshire, South Molton)

To ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether the representatives at the Colonial Conference, 1906, would be asked to discuss whether the idea of a closer union on a commercial or any other basis commended itself to them; and, if so, in what precise manner it could be carried into effect; whether any scheme formulated would be submitted by the colonial representatives to their respective Governments, and no scheme would be deemed binding on His Majesty's Government until it had been submitted to the electorate of this country.

(Answered by Mr. A. J. Balfour) (1)The Answer to the first Question is in the negative. (2) I have no control over the colonial representatives or the Colonial Governments. (3) Nothing done by the Conference can be binding on His Majesty's Government.