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IWELSH HOME RULE. Mr. A. Henderson on I Devolution At another meeting, held in New Siloh Chapel, Landore, Mr. Arthur Hen derson, referring to devolution, said Labour was convinced that the right of the Welsh people to complete autonomy must speedily be recognised. That was the only policy which true democrats could sup- port, because it was consistent with the right of self-determination. The Labour party was. therefore, committed to a scheme of separate legislative assemblies for Wales, Scotland, and England, as well Ireland. (Applause). I CHRONIC PARLIAMENTARY CON- GESTION. I Experience had shown that the House of Commons, as at present constituted, was incapable of dealing effectively with I the urgent public busines which the conn- try demanded. For years Parliamentary work hud been in a state of chronic con- gestion. [Die Imperial Parliament, like the mill of God. grinds slowly, but some- times it grinds exceedingly small, devoting precious time to comparatively trivial points, instead of being concerned with matters of Imperial and international im- portance. (Applause), To remedy this they were urged to the conclusion that local Parliaments should be empowered to deal with local affairs, without the con- trol of a national executive, on the basis I of complete autonomy. The Federal Gov- ernment at Westminster, with represen- tatives from Overseas Dominions and India, should have the responsibility for administering the affairs of the Britan- nic Federation as a whole. Such a scheme would strengthen the national spirit in such self-governing communities. (Ap- plause). I WELSH NATIONALISM. Happily, the national spirit in the Prin- cipality was already a very powerful in- fluence. True nationalism meant for loal Welshmen a great deal more then the intensive cultivation of race pride and the preservation of ancient etistoms. (Hear, hear). It meant the increased de- velopment of the material and moral re- sources of the whole people. It would, in his opinion, produce a keener and more int'prig'?nt interest in the political, eocia? n "I i I, I in"Ereft I ii t-lieI -tnd pi:oM<hins; wbi?eh aw-,ilttd I A WELSH PARLIAMENT. A Parliament for the Principality would ewe our aye Welshmen and Welsh women to bake greater intere:d in their own affairs. (Applause.) It would quickfn the intensive desire to have the problems of life more speedily grappled with. (Ap- plause,1) I A COSMOPOLITAN EMPIRE. The people of the United Kingdom were part of a great and powerful Empire, which comprised many races, many lan- guages. many religions, and many com- rnunities in "ry stae (,f politic-al and economic development. They had self- I governing communities like Australia, I Sontili. Africa, Canada. and New Zealand, and sooiie semi-depen dent, like India and Eyvpt, and others not so far advanced. I V A VAST TRUSTEESHIP. Now, the whole responsibility for this vast commonwealth of peoples, with the prospective development of their immense moral and material resonces, rested upon the British Parliament, to a large xtent. (Applause.) "'Woe were trustees, and tliei Peaee Conference had added considerably j to those resoorjsibilitios. r A CO-ORDINATING CENTRE. We wanted a great co-ordinating centre, •er a -Commonwe«Uth Parliament, and this could only he effectively secured by re-, lieving Parliament of the necessity for coring for purely 1-xsal affairs.. (Ap- plause.) Without such a scheme of devolu- tion the vast potentialities tor good of a properly cortzti-tiited Parlio-n-ient must he minimised, if not actually lost, to the British people and mankind at large, j (Great ooee.ring.) I r.

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