Oral Answers to Questions — Statute of Westminster.

– in the House of Commons on 10th December 1931.

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Sir NAIRNE STEWART SANDEMAN:

49.

asked the Prime Minister whether, since the Statute of Westminster has now been passed by both Houses, the concurrence of the self-governing Dominions will be sought before Dominion status is granted to any British possession not now enjoying it?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

As I indicated, with reference to India, in the Debate on the 2nd December, if and when any other British possession comes under the Statute of Westminster it will be by precisely the same machinery and precisely the same method as the Dominions which have already come under it.

Sir N. STEWART SANDEMAN:

Does that mean that the Dominions would have to agree before India could be taken in?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

Everything that had to be done in order to get those names inserted in the Statute of Westminster will have to be done in the case of any additions.

Photo of Mr Edward Marjoribanks Mr Edward Marjoribanks , Eastbourne

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that to change the Title of the Crown it is necessary to get the consent of the Dominions, and will he be careful in any of his schemes to obtain the consent of the Dominions before he takes any step necessitating a change in that Title?