§ MR. BOWLES
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether before signifying the adherence of this country to the decision of The Hague Peace Conference to establish an international Court of Naval Prize, His Majesty's Government intend to submit to this House, for its debate and decision thereon, the alterations thus proposed to be made in the Law of Nations as hitherto administered in this country. May I say we are all glad to see the right hon. Gentleman back in his place again.
§ THE PRIME MINISTER AND FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Sir H. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN,) Stirling Burghs
Thank you. I am advised that material changes will be necessary in our Home and Colonial Municipal Prize Laws before effect can be given to this Convention. His Majesty's Government hold themselves free to sign the Convention at any time, but it would be proper that the legislation to effect these changes should be sanctioned by Parliament before the Convention is ratified.