HC Deb 16 September 1915 vol 74 c142
4. Sir J. D. REES

asked whether any of the powers resumed by the Order in Council of 11th March, 1915, the abandonment of which was effected in 1856, 1907, and 1909, or was contemplated by the Declaration of London and the Naval Prize Bill of 1911, will again be surrendered without the express sanction of both Houses of Parliament?


I cannot give any undertaking which would limit the treaty-making power of the Crown in time of peace, or the power to deal by executive action with emergencies which may arise during this War.

Sir J. D. REES

Is it to be concluded that this Order in Council will remain in force during the continuance of the War?


I cannot give an undertaking that the Order in Council will not be varied in any way during the War. It was passed as an executive Act to meet the circumstances of the situation. It is impossible to say what other situation we might have to meet which would lead to its being varied.