HC Deb 02 May 1911 vol 25 cc202-3

asked the Prime Minister whether, in order to assist Members of either House in their deliberations on the principles of the Referendum, he will obtain from the Governor-General of the Commonwealth or other person a Return showing the cost and general working of the Referenda recently submitted to the electors of the Commonwealth on the questions of state rights and nationalisation of private monopoly in manufacture?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Harcourt)

I addressed a despatch to the Governor-General of Australia on 15th March, desiring him to request his Ministers to send me a Report on this subject. When the Report is received I shall be happy to lay it on the Table.


May I ask if the right hon. Gentleman is of opinion that representative Government has been destroyed by this resort to the Referendum?