§ SIR HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that, in addition to the doubling of the bounties upon the manufacture of beet sugar in Germany, Austria and France propose to take similar steps, and thus inflict further injury upon the sugar industries of the West Indies and Australia, and the Colonial firms engaged in the trade; and what steps Her Majesty's Government are taking, or propose to take, to obtain the abolition of a bounty fed competition with the industries of Her Majesty's subjects in the United Kingdom and the Colonies?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. GEORGE CURZON,) Lancashire, Southport
It is believed that the Governments of Austria and France are considering steps in consequence of the recent increase of Sugar Bounties in Germany. Her Majesty's Government are not prepared at the present moment to take the initiative in any steps with regard to the abolition of the Bounty system.