HC Deb 27 February 1860 vol 156 c1838

said, in the absence of his hon. Friend the Member for Tewkesbury (Mr. Lygon), he desired to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, as Her Majesty's Government, in consideration of their undertaking to obtain the reduction of the Duty on French Wines, have solicited from France the promise of prospective concessions in favour of this country, Whether the contemplated reduction of Duties will not confer similar advantages upon Spanish Wine; and, if so, whether Mr. Buchanan has received instructions to urge upon the Government of Spain the propriety of making a corresponding concession in favour of the trade and commerce of England.


said, that the reduction of the duty upon Spanish wines would be precisely that proposed in respect to French wines. He had not, however, thought it expedient to instruct Mr. Buchanan to ask any concession from the Spanish Government.