HC Deb 09 July 1883 vol 281 cc775-6

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, "Whether under the new Treaty of Commerce with the King of Italy any concessions have been obtained respecting the admission of English woollen goods into Italy on more favourable terms than hitherto; if not, whether Her Majesty's Government have reason to anticipate that a revision of the Italian Customs Tariff, in a sense favourable to freedom of commerce, is likely soon to take place; and, if he will state when the Treaty will be in the hands of honourable Members?


Sir, the new Treaty of Commerce with Italy provides for a "most-favoured-nation" treatment, and does not contain any special stipulations as to duties on particular goods. Her Majesty's Ambassador at Rome has been asked to report on the question of the proposed revision of the Italian Tariff. The Treaty is contained in the Parliamentary Paper (No. 23 Commercial, 1883), and was distributed last Friday.