HC Deb 30 November 1931 vol 260 cc765-6
83. Mr. DAGGAR

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what official visits have been made to the Dominions during the past five years by members of the Home Government; what

The subjoined table contains a statement as to official visits paid by United Kingdom Ministers to the Dominions (other than the Irish Free State) since the beginning of 1926:—
Ministers. Dominions visited. Date. Cost to United Kingdom Exchequer.
Mr. Amery as Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs. Canada, the Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa. July, 1927 to February, 1928. £2,905.
Mr. Baldwin as Prime Minister. Canada 1927 £250 approximately.
Lord Lovat as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs. Canada and New Zealand 1928 £1,006.
Mr. Thomas as Lord Privy Seal. Canada 1929 £560 approximately.
Mr. MacDonald as Prime Minister. Canada 1929 Exact cost not available. (The visit formed a short extension of the Prime Minister's visit to the United States of America.)

(It should be understood that the figures given above do not represent the total expenses in each case in view of the hospitality afforded to the Ministers in question).

Reference may also be made in this connection to visits made to Dominions during the same period by United Kingdom Ministers as Members of United Kingdom Delegations representing the Empire Parliamentary Association. These were as follows:—

Ministers. Dominion visited. Date.
The Marquess of Salisbury (as Lord Privy Seal) Commonwealth of Australia 1926.
Lord Peel (as First Commissioner of Works) Canada 1928.
Mr. H. G. Williams (as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade). Canada 1928.

The cost of these visits was borne by the Dominion Government concerned which issued the invitation. In so far as the official visits referred to above were concerned with obtaining information on specific questions, the information obtained is available to His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, but they were, of course, primarily directed towards establishing personal contact and co-operation between His Majesty's Government here and the Governments of the Dominions visited.

was the cost of each visit; whether the information obtained is still available in the Dominions Office; and the name of each Dominion visited and the member of the Home Government by whom the visit was made?


I am to-day circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement giving the information asked for.

Following is the information: