1907 Imperial Conference

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1907 Imperial Conference
Dates 15 April 1907
14 May 1907
Cities United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Heads of Government 7
Chair Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
(Prime Minister)
Key points
Dominion status, co-ordination of Imperial defence, Irish Home Rule, self-government for India

The Imperial Conference of 1907 was convened in London on 15 April 1907 as the Colonial Conference of 1907 and concluded on 14 May 1907. During the sessions a resolution was passed renaming this and future meetings Imperial Conferences. The chairman of the conference was British prime minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman.

The conference decided to cease referring to self-governing British colonies as colonies and conferred upon them dominion status. The possibilities of Irish Home Rule and self-governance for India were also discussed. Imperial preference was raised but tabled by the British prime minister due to British support for free trade.[1]

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The conference was hosted by King-Emperor Edward VII, with his Prime Ministers and members of their respective cabinets:

Nation Name Portfolio
United Kingdom United Kingdom Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman Prime Minister (Chairman)
The Earl of Elgin Secretary of State for the Colonies
Sir Edward Grey Foreign Secretary
Lord Tweedmouth First Lord of the Admiralty
R. B. Haldane Secretary of State for War
H. H. Asquith, Chancellor of the Exchequer
David Lloyd George, President of the Board of Trade
Sydney Buxton Postmaster General of the United Kingdom
Sir Lord Lorebrun Lord Chancellor
John Burns President of the Local Government Board
John Morley Secretary of State for India
Earl Crewe Lord President of the Council
Winston Churchill Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies
Australia Australia Alfred Deakin Prime Minister
Sir William Lyne Minister for Trade and Customs
Canada Canada Sir Wilfrid Laurier Prime Minister
Sir Frederick William Borden Minister of Militia and Defence
Louis-Philippe Brodeur Minister of Marine and Fisheries
British Cape Colony Cape Colony Leander Starr Jameson Prime Minister
Thomas Smartt Commissioner of Works
BlueEnsignNatal.png Natal Frederick Robert Moor Prime Minister
Dominion of Newfoundland Newfoundland Sir Robert Bond Prime Minister
New Zealand New Zealand Sir Joseph Ward Prime Minister

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