HC Deb 26 May 1879 vol 246 c1238

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the prolongation of the existing Treaty of Commerce with France is limited to six months from December 31st of the current year; or whether the terms of prolongation include an engagement that the Conventional Duties under the present Treaty shall continue in force for six months after the date, whenever that may be, when a new Tariff shall have been enacted in France?


Sir, no change has taken place in the arrangements between the French and English Governments since I made a statement on the subject a few days ago. The duration of the Treaty, as well as the duration of the Conventional Tariff, as fixed by laws and Treaty, is to be prolonged for six months after the promulgation of the General Tariff now before the French Assembly.