§ SIR HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the Prime Minister has had under his consideration the resolution submitted by the Council of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce as to the prohibitory effect upon Sheffield trade of the duties levied by France in West Africa against the products of the district, ranging up to £243 per ton upon knives, £121 upon scissors, and £81 upon razors; and if, in the course of the present negotiations, Lord Salisbury will press these considerations upon the Republic?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. G. N. CURZON,) Lancashire, S.W., Southport
Yes, Sir. The resolution has been laid before Lord Salisbury, who is fully alive to the effect of French duties in West Africa on British trade, and is in communication with the French Government on the subject.