HC Deb 31 July 1876 vol 231 c116

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If it be the fact that a commercial treaty has just been concluded between France and America, under which America agrees to reduce the Import Duties on French productions and manufactures; and, whether this treaty will put France on a more favourable footing in American trade than this Country, and if he can do nothing by negotiation to induce America to reduce some of the Duties on British manufactures which are at present practically prohibitory?


, in reply, said, the Government were aware that reports had been in circulation respecting such a Treaty, but they had received no information in regard to it, and did not think it probable that such a Treaty would be entered into, for it was not at all likely the American Government would reduce their tariff duties at present.