HC Deb 17 July 1916 vol 84 cc664-5
46. Mr. MARTIN

asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the behaviour of the Dominions in connection with the War, he will take steps to ensure the continuance and permanence of the present relations between the Dominions and the United Kingdom, such relations consisting of a union of hearts in Imperial matters and absolute selfgovernment in matters affecting the Dominions only?


Before the right hon. Gentleman answers that question, I would like to ask whether he is aware of any fact or circumstance at the present time that will put the relationship of the Mother Country and the Colonies in any peril whatever?


No, Sir, I do not. As to the question of the hon. Member (Mr. Martin) I do not think that at the moment I can usefully add anything to my public utterances on this subject. It is, of course, obvious that no change can be made in the relations between this country and the self-governing Dominions without the consent of the latter.


Would it not be right on the part of the Government to take steps to prevent the dumping of surplus politicians into this country?