HC Deb 14 August 1919 vol 119 cc1619-20
53. Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS

asked the Prime Minister whether lie will give a day before the Recess to discuss the present position of the black races?


I regret that it is not. possible to give special facilities for this discussion.

Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the United States Senate recently found time to discuss the Irish question, and does the right hon. Gentleman not consider that it would be a graceful act to reciprocate by placing at the disposal of the United States the benefit of our experience in governing the negro races throughout the British Empire?


I now understand, I did not before, the meaning of this question. Perhaps the best way for the hon. Gentleman to express his views would be to put down a Resolution to that effect.

Lieut.-Colonel MALONE

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is no similitude between the Irish race and the negro race?


I recognise that, except that they are both human.

Captain W. BENN

Will the right hon. Gentleman do his best to prevent any effort to sow dissension between this country and America even by means of what may be intended to be merely humour?


I should like to say, in so far as that question is concerned, that the Government recognises, and I think the House recognises, that largely the future of the world depends upon good relations between the United States and this country.