HC Deb 07 March 1917 vol 91 c398

(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that it is announced that the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia has this day passed a Resolution, by twenty-eight votes to two, in favour of Home Rule for Ireland, and whether the Government will under these circumstances give due consideration to this expression of Australian opinion?

Captain W. A. REDMOND

Before the right hon. Gentleman replies to that question, if he has the information asked for, may I ask him kindly to convey this expression of Australian opinion to the right hon. Gentleman the Member for St. George's, Hanover Square (Sir G. Reid), who has a Motion down denying Home Rule to Ireland?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Lloyd George)

No official information has so far reached His Majesty's Government, but if it appears in the papers I have no reason to doubt it.


May I ask the Prime Minister whether there is not a General Election pending in Australia—[HON. MEM-BERS: "They want the Irish vote!"]—and whether there is not a large Irish vote there?


May I ask the Noble Lord if the Lord hath not delivered him into our hands?