HC Deb 13 April 1943 vol 388 c1032
3. Mr. Maxton

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what representations he has received from Newfoundland asking for the restoration of self-government in that country; and what answer has been given?

Mr. Attlee

The Governor of Newfoundland has reported by telegraph that he is forwarding to me a resolution by the Newfoundland Board of Trade, which is the equivalent of a chamber of commerce, petitioning His Majesty the King to appoint a Royal Commission which would advise upon constitutional changes in Newfoundland. I have not yet received the resolution.

Mr. Maxton

Does not the Minister think that the time is now more than overdue for the restoration of self-government to this the oldest of His Majesty's Dominions?

Mr. Attlee

I took occasion to visit Newfoundland recently and to inform myself of the views of the population, and I am sidering the whole matter carefully.

Sir P. Hannon

Is not the present administration functioning entirely satisfactorily?