HC Deb 20 April 1896 vol 39 c1260
MR. C. L. ORR-EWING (Ayr Burghs)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether he has any information to show whether Germany, on lately signing the Treaty with Japan which was signed by Lord Kimberley on behalf of Great Britain, has obtained certain concessions for German subjects in Japan which English subjects do not receive, and also certain concessions which will encourage Germans to the detriment of British trade?


I have not yet seen a copy of the Commercial Treaty recently concluded between Germany and Japan, and I cannot therefore say whether its contents are of the character indicated in the Question, But, in any case, this country would secure, under the most favoured nation provisions in our own Treaty, the benefit of any independent concessions granted to Germany or any other Power.