HC Deb 19 February 1907 vol 169 c721

I beg to ask the Prime Minister what arrangements are in contemplation for the representation of India at the forthcoming Colonial Conference; and whether, in addition to an official, it is proposed to invite an Indian representative to attend.

*SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)

I beg also to ask the First Lord of the Treasury what will be the nature of the representation of India in the Imperial Conference to which the Ministers of the Commonwealth, Dominion, and self-governing Colonies have been invited, as announced by him on 21st May last.


As the Prime Minister stated in reply to a similar Question on 29th May† last the practice adopted at the previous Conferences provides for the presence of representatives of different Departments of the Government, and, under this arrangement, the Secretary of State for India will nominate a representative from the Council of India who will attend the Conference. It is also the intention of the Secretary of State himself to attend, should he see occasion to do so. The Question of the representation of India at future Conferences will no doubt enter into the discussion of the future Constitution of the Conference itself.


Will there be no native official for India there?

[No Answer was audible.]