§ MR. LONSDALE
I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether his attention has been directed to the resolution in favour of a system of Imperial preference which was passed, by a majority of three to one, at the mooting of the Congress of Chambers of Commerce of the Empire on Wednesday last; and whether, in the event of this question being brought before the Colonial Conference of next 1359 year, the representatives of the Government will be permitted to consider it with an open mind.
§ SIR H. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
The views of the Government upon this matter have been frequently stated, are well-known, and are not likely to change. Of course any proposals that may be put forward by the representatives of the Colonies at the Conference will receive respectful consideration.