HC Deb 01 August 1881 vol 264 cc367-8

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If there are any Commercial Treaty engagements with this Country which are not terminable on twelve months' notice; and, if so, if he will specify them?


Sir, the only Commercial Treaties concluded by this country which are not terminable on 12 months' notice are those with Salvador, Roumania, and Servia, the first of which terminates in 1883 and the two latter in 1890. The Treaties concluded by this country with Turkey and Tunis may be revised in 1882. The Tariff and Commercial Articles of the Treaty of Peace with China can be revised in 1888. These Treaties limit us to no engagements as to Tariffs, but only to give most-favoured nation treatment. By the Treaty, however, with Germany, which is terminable on 12 months' notice, we are bound to place no duty upon the exportation of coal.