HC Deb 30 November 1937 vol 329 cc1871-2
39. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs the present position with regard to the setting up of an appeal tribunal for the members of the British Commonwealth of Nations; and to what extent the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is now made use of?

Mr. M. MacDonald

As regards the first part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the recommendations on the subject of a Commonwealth tribunal in the Summary of Proceedings of the Imperial Conference, 1930, where it was proposed inter alia that such a tribunal should be an ad hoc body appointed as occasion might require. No recourse has yet been had to a tribunal constituted on the lines proposed. As regards the second part of the question, which of course raises a different issue, the number of appeals from Dominions set down for hearing before the present Michaelmas session of the Judicial Committee is five from Canada and one from New Zealand.

Mr. Mander

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that the Dominions themselves are satisfied with the present position as regards an Imperial appeal tribunal?

Mr. MacDonald

The only occasion when such a tribunal might have been helpful has arisen since the Conference of 1930, and I think that the circumstances surrounding that occasion are well known and need no further reference from me at Question Time.