HC Deb 10 February 1891 vol 350 c311
MR. DE LISLE (Leicester, Mid)

I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is true, as reported in the Times of the 9th instant, that the M'Kinley Tariff Bill has ruined the sewed muslin trade of Ballyshannon, County Donegal; and, if so, whether Her Majesty's Government will introduce a Bill to raise such sums upon American imports as may be required to start fresh industries in the povertystricken districts of Ireland?


I have no knowledge of the subject treated in the first part of the hon. Member's question. As regards the second part, I cannot say that I have any intention to start a policy of retaliation against the United States in consequence of the M'Kinley Tariff Bill, especially as it is to be hoped that the Americans will see that they have made a great mistake in passing it.


Have any representations been made to the Government of the United States pointing out all the evils which the tariff has created?


That is not a matter which comes within my power.