§ Mr. MACMASTER
asked what steps had been taken to give effect to the resolution which was unanimously adopted by the Colonial Conference of 1907 in regard to naturalisation laws within the Empire; what were the results of the inquiry called for; and whether any date had been fixed for the subsidiary conference contemplated in that resolution?
§ Colonel SEELY
An Inter-departmental Committee was appointed to assist His Majesty's Government in considering what amendments might properly be made in the draft Naturalisation Bill laid before the Colonial Conference of 1907, with a view to meeting the criticisms made on the Bill. The Committee reported in July, 1908, and their report was forwarded to the Governments represented at the Conference, with a suggestion that it should be considered and representatives appointed to discuss the question in conference with the members of the Inter-departmental Committee on behalf of His Majesty's Government with a view to a final settlement. Replies have not yet been received from all the Governments concerned, and the matter is still forming the subject of correspondence. Till the correspondence is complete a date cannot be fixed for the subsidiary Conference.