20 December 1920
David Lloyd George, the Prime Minister, rejected any possibility of a settlement of the Irish Question for as long as Sinn Fein demanded a republic in the country.
A number of MPs, including Ryland Adkins, John Robert Clynes and Edward Wood, went to visit the Prime Minister to discuss the matter of devolution and the possibility of establishing a federal political system. Lloyd George accepted the burdens on the British Parliament, noting that it could no longer carry out the great burdens of the Empire. He added that the problem was what would happen to England and would they get an English Parliament? The Prime Minister noted that “a separate Parliament for England would be only slightly important than the Imperial Parliament”.