HC Deb 01 June 1897 vol 50 cc10-1
SIR HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies if British goods are near being admitted into Canada upon the lower and preferential tariff recently adopted by the Dominion Government; if there is any reason to apprehend a disturbance of this advantage to British trade; and, in the event of any protest being received from any foreign nation, will Her Majesty's Government take prompt steps to secure complete liberty of action in commercial matters between the several Governments of the Dominions of the Queen, in accordance with the unanimous resolution of the Inter-colonial Conference held at Ottawa in 1894, at which all the self-governing Colonies were represented by their ablest statesmen?


British goods are now being admitted to Canada upon the lower tariff. Protests have been received from the Governments of Belgium and Germany, and the matter is under the consideration of the Law Officers.