HC Deb 16 December 1948 vol 459 cc192-3W
91. Sir A. Herbert

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what proportion of the registered voters of Newfoundland voted at the recent referendum for confederation with Canada; and by what authority certain Newfoundlanders have been negotiating in Ottawa with the Government of Canada.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

The number of voters on the register in Newfoundland at the date of the referendum on 22nd July, 1948, was 176,297. 78,451 of them voted for confederation with Canada. This was 44.5 per cent. of the total on the register, and 52 per cent of those who actually cast their votes. The Newfoundland Delegation which has been negotiating with the Government of Canada was appointed by the Governor of Newfoundland.