HC Deb 06 July 1911 vol 27 c1326

asked the Prime Minister if he can state what steps, if any, His Majesty's Government have taken, or propose to take, to give effect to the recommendations contained in the Report of the Royal Commission on Trade Relations between Canada and the West Indies, issued in September, 1910?


His Majesty's Government have been in communication with the West Indian Colonies with regard to such of the recommendations of the Royal Commission as involve action to be taken by those Colonies. With one exception, the Legislatures of the Colonies directly concerned have passed resolutions indicating their adherence to the recommendations of the Royal Commission in regard to reciprocity, and it will now be for His Majesty's Government to communicate the result to the Government of Canada for their consideration. As regards other matters dealt with by the Royal Commission, the decision of his Majesty's Government with regard to the Imperial Department of Agriculture has already been announced, and the hon. Member is no doubt aware of the action taken as regards the renewal of the contract providing for mail communication with the Antilles. I am not yet in a position to announce the decision of the Government in regard to telegraphic communication.