HC Deb 26 July 1911 vol 28 c1786W

asked the Prime Minister whether statutes codifying the Law, such as the Bills of Exchange Act, 1882, the Sale of Goods Act, 1893, and the Companies (Consolidation) Act, 1908, are almost invariably adopted by His Majesty's Dominions beyond the Seas; and, if so, seeing that it would assist in the unification of the Law throughout the Empire if more of such measures were passed by the British Parliament, if he will consider whether the appointment of a Royal Commission to inquire and report what parts of the Law are fit to be codified would serve a useful purpose in securing the attainment of this result?


As I informed my hon. Friend on July 4th the question of uniformity of the laws of the Empire engaged the attention of the Imperial Conferences of 1907 and 1911, and my hon. Friend is no doubt familiar with the discussions and resolutions in which stress was laid on the desirability of a larger measure of uniformity. I can only repeat that I do not think that any useful purpose would be served by the appointment of a Royal Commission.