Imperial Conferences

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Imperial Conferences

Imperial Conference

Imperial Conferences

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Imperial conferences

Imperial Conferences

The Imperial Press Conference of 1909 and its Consequences

SHAFI, Muhammad (1869 - 1932), President, All-India Muslim League, Punjab National Liberal League, Punjab Provincial Muslim League, Anjuman-i-Hamayat-i-Islam, Anjuman-i-Raiyan-i-Hind and Cosmopolitan Club, Lahore; Delegate, Imperial Conference and Indian Round Table Conference, 1930

JUST, Hartmann (1854 - 1929), Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1907–16; also Secretary to the Imperial Conference; Principal Clerk, Colonial Office, 1897–1907

DAVSON, Edward (died 1937), Chairman British Empire Producers’ Organisation; Representative of the Colonies and Protectorates on Imperial Economic Committee; member of Colonial Development Committee; Vice-Chairman Barclay’s Bank (DC and O); a Trustee of the Imperial Institute; a Governor of the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture; Government Adviser on Colonial Trade to the Ottawa Conference, 1932, and Economic Conference, London, 1933; Chairman Federation of Chambers of Commerce of the British Empire, 1925–28 (Cape Town Congress, 1928); Chairman West Indies Conference, 1929; President Associated West Indian Chambers of Commerce, 1916–26; Member of the Empire Marketing Board, 1926–33 (Mission to West Africa, 1926, to East Africa, 1927)

Boscawen, Evelyn Hugh (1887 - 1962), Hon. Fellow, Imperial College of Science and Technology, and Chairman of the College since 1947; past Master, Worshipful Co. of Clockmakers; Member, Metropolitan Water Board; Hon. Member: Instn of Civil Engineers; Instn of Gas Engineers; President Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturers Research Assoc.; Past President, Conjoint Conference of Public Utility Undertakings; past President, Gas Research Board; past Chairman, Fire Research Board; Hon. Treasurer, Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1955–58; Part-time Member, SE Area Electricity Board till 1959

MORGAN, Benjamin Howell (died 1937), Consulting Engineer; Vice-Chairman, Empire Economic Union; Member London Committee of Hong Kong University; Chief Technical Adviser Ministry of National Service, 1918; Technical Adviser, Labour Supply Depart, Ministry of Munitions, 1916–17; Member War Cabinet Sub-Committee on Labour, 1918; Member Women’s Employment Committee, 1917–18; Member Inter-departmental Hours of Labour Com., 1916–18; Member Imperial Conference Advisory Committee on Crown Colonies, 1923; Chairman, British Empire Producers Organisation, 1920–29


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Meetings between the Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions. These were held in London with the exception of the 1932 conference. The conferences replaced the colonial conferences which had begun in 1887, as it had been agreed in 1907 that the colonies inhabited by a White majority would be called ‘Dominions’, and that they would have significant measures of authority in their domestic affairs. The first imperial conference was held in 1911. In 1918, an Imperial War Conference discussed war strategies and the supply of raw materials. The 1921 conference included representatives from India, and it became increasingly clear that the Dominions desired total independence over external as well as internal affairs. The 1923 conference discussed imperial preference (tariff reform) at length, as well as disarmament and issues arising from the Chanak Crisis. The conference of 1926 discussed Balfour's formula for defining the relationship between Britain and the British Empire, which resulted in the 1931 Statute of Westminster. At the 1930 conference, the world economic crisis dominated discussions, with the result that the Ottawa Conference of 1932 finally established a system of tariffs. The final conference was held in 1937, following George VI's coronation. It discussed the worsening international situation, and overwhelmingly supported appeasement. Since World War II, regular Commonwealth Conferences have been held.

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