Clause 3. — (Power of Parliament of Dominion to legislate extra-territorially.)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 24th November 1931.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Inskip Mr Thomas Inskip , Fareham

My hon. Friend puts a slightly different question from that which was included in the last two sentences of his speech. He is supposing the case of Canada saying that one of its citizens may not work more than five hours a day; so that it would be a crime in England, according to Canadian law, and the hon. Gentleman supposes that a man would be prosecuted in Canada for the crime he had committed by working in England more than five hours a day. All I can say is that that is a case which it does little credit to the Canadian Government or people to suggest is a possible one. [Interruption.] I hear an hon. Friend say that that is not an answer. The answer to the question is that strictly legally no doubt that might happen, but when my hon. Friends suggest that it is possible that a sensible legislature would pass an Act of that sort they are not doing full credit to the intelligence and good will of our fellow British subjects. Do let us understand that, although my hon. Friend the Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Marjoribanks) seemed to think that this Bill was a product of a hole-and-corner committee, there were on the two bodies that drafted it representatives of the most eminent lawyers in all parts of the Empire. Every single part of the Empire contributed its wealth of learning and good sense to the fabrication of this Measure.