MR. HUGHLAW (Donegal, W.)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can state the number of Bills passed by colonial legislatures having reference to immigration from which the Royal Assent was withheld during the ten years from 1885–95, and from 1895–1905 respectively.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. CHURCHILL,) Manchester, N. W.
The only Bills relating to immigration passed by colonial legislatures to which the Royal Assent was refused between 1885 and 1905 are the four mentioned in the House of Commons Return No. 362 of 1901. Immigration Acts of the Province of British Columbia† See (4) Debates, clii., 1388.617 have been disallowed by the Governor-General of Canada at our request, but the Question of my hon. friend would scarcely apply to these; for the provincial legislation of Canada is not subject to Royal Assent, but is subject to disallowance by the Governor-General.