Memorandum handed to Mr. Bayard by Sir
L. S. Sackville West, March 7, 1888.
The object of Article VIII of the draught of convention annexed to the protocol of December 19, 1887, respecting sugar bounties, has not been fully or correctly understood in some quarters.
A copy of this article is annexed. Its object is not, as appears in some instances to have been erroneously held, to exclude certain British colonies and foreign possessions from the convention which Her Majesty’s Government trust will be entered into for the purpose of suppressing bounties on the exportation of sugar. The British colonies mentioned in this article possess responsible government, and it is necessary, and is now the usage of Her Majesty’s Government in concluding treaties of a commercial character to except these colonies in the first instance from the operation of such treaties in terms similar to those employed in the article above referred to. India is also included in the article which reserves the liberty of action of the self-governing colonies, in order to enable the government of the viceroy to consiner the stipulations of commercial treaties, and whether they are applicable to the peculiar circumstances of the Indian empire.
In the sitting of the conference in London, held on the 16th of December last, the under secretary of state for the colonies stated the expectation of Her Majesty’s Government that all the British possessions named in Article VIII of the draught of convention will become parties to its engagements.