asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations by what criterion His Majesty's Government is guided in determining whether to consult Governments in the Dominions prior to important decisions being arrived at by His Majesty's Government, or merely to inform Governments in the Dominions subsequent to a decision having been taken.
It is the invariable practice of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom to ensure that other members of the Commonwealth are informed in advance on any matter which falls to be decided by this Government, but which may affect Commonwealth interests. The object is to enable the other Governments to express any views which they may wish to put forward; and I need hardly add to enable His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom to take fully into account such views as their Commonwealth partners may express.
Yes, Sir. The object of giving information is so that comments may be passed from one Government to another. That is the object of that notification; therefore, there is time for consultation except occasionally in some extreme incident, when one Government may have to act very quickly.
asked the Prime Minister what representations he has received within the last six months from Dominion Prime Ministers personally, or from Dominion Governments, with regard to the desirability of consultation between His Majesty's Government and Dominion Governments before important decisions are arrived at by the former affecting the Empire and Commonwealth as a whole.