HC Deb 06 April 1905 vol 144 c632
MR. BRIGG (Yorkshire, W.R., Keighley)

To ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the United States and England interpret the most- favoured-nation clause in the same way; if not, what is the difference.

(Answered by Earl Percy.) The Answer to the first Question is in the negative. The United States hold that a treaty right to most-favoured-nation treatment does not entitle its possessor to participate in special privileges granted to others in return for reciprocal concessions. I would refer the hon. Member to "Commercial, No. 4 (1885); Correspondence respecting the negotiation of a treaty regulating trade between the British West Indies and the United States [C. 4340]," page 20, et seq.