§ MR. J. STEWART
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Her Majesty's Government are urging the Governments of France, Bel- 227 gium, and Holland to adopt a system of refining sugar in bond in lieu of the present system, which operates as a bounty on the export of refined sugar?
§ MR. BOURKE
Sir, Her Majesty's Government have never omitted any occasion to urge upon the Governments mentioned by the hon. Member the expediency of adopting a system of refining in bond. Negotiations have been going on for some time; but, as is well known, the negotiations have come to an end in consequence of the Dutch Government having refused to adopt the system.
§ MR. RITCHIE
gave Notice that, on an early day next Session, he would call the attention of the House to the subject of the bounty on refined sugars, and move a Resolution to the effect that a countervailing duty should be levied on all sugar imported from countries in which the system of refining was such as practically to confer a bounty on the export of refined sugar, such countervailing duty to be an exact equivalent to the bounty.