HC Deb 16 May 1907 vol 174 cc1111-2
MR. H. PEARSON (Suffolk, Eye)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary for the Colonies whether he has seen the Report in the East Anglian Daily Times of 15th May last, of a meeting held at Leiston under the auspices of the Eye Conservative and Unionist Association, which was addressed by the Honourable Dr. Smartt, Commissioner of Public Works for Cape Colony; to inquire as to the propriety of a delegate to the Colonial Conference attending and speaking at a political meeting during his visit to this country, and further to inquire whether the Colonial Secretary can see his way to address a remonstrance to the Cape Government on the serious breach of etiquette—


Order, order. If the hon. Member had submitted that Question to me I should not have permitted it. No Department of the Government in this country has any control over the Ministers of a self-governing Colony.