§ MR. PIKE PEASE (Darlington)
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British demands to Italy in regard to pilchards will be satisfied at an early date; and, if so, when the alteration in the existing tariff will be made, and what would be the conditions.
(Answered by Secretary Sir Edward Grey.) The Italian Government have, in reply to representations from His Majesty's Government, informed us that, in view of their approaching commercial negotiations with other countries interested in the same sort of fish, they cannot for the moment comply with our wishes, though they have every disposition to do so. They add, however, that it will be possible to satisfy our request at no distant date. There are no conditions attached.