HC Deb 01 May 1899 vol 70 c953
MR. COGHILL (Stoke-on-Trent)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs whether the Foreign Office give instructions to our representations to the Government of the United States as to the great injury which is being inflicted on various branches of British Trade by the existing tariff of the United States.


It is not usual to make representations to foreign countries upon their tariff policy except in connection with some specific commercial negotiations, and Her Majesty's Government do not consider that at the present moment any instructions in the sense suggested would be likely to result in benefit to British commercial interests.