The SECRETARY of STATE for DOMINION AFFAIRS (Mr. J. H. Thomas)
I have not yet settled who will come with me, bat my intention is that the number of officials accompanying me should in any case be small, and also limited to those who have special knowledge of the questions likely to arise for discussion. No detailed estimate of the cost has yet been made.
No, my hon. Friend must not understand that. He must understand that the value and importance of a general Empire agreement outweigh any consideration as to the mere cost of the passage.
§ Mr. HANNON
Will the right hon. Gentleman make any statement to the 642 House before his visit to the Dominions as to the proposals he will submit when he gets there?
There are such numbers of competent substitutes that I am sure there will be no difficulty.
§ 3. Mr. ALBERY
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs if he can say what Dominions he proposes to visit prior to the Imperial Conference; when, approximately, he expects to leave this country; and how long he expects to be absent?
No definite plans have yet been made, but if my hon. friend will repeat his question later, I shall be glad to answer it.
§ Mr. ALBERY
Is the inability of the right hon. Gentleman to answer the question in detail due to the fact that it is proposed to hold the Conference at an earlier date?
No, Sir. I may take this opportunity of saying that the date suggested has been fixed in order to be sure of the attendance of all the Dominions. There could be nothing more fatal, in my judgment, than any Dominion finding itself unable to attend. It is far better to fix a date for all than to be premature.