HC Deb 03 June 1907 vol 175 c303

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether communications have been opened up with the United States Government with the view of securing for British manufacturers and exporters tariff concessions similar to those granted to Germany under the agreement recently concluded; and whether it is the view of His Majesty's Government that these concessions come within the provisions of the most-favoured-nation clause.


The only tariff concessions of which British exports to the United States do not get the benefit under most-favoured-nation treatment are those specified in Section 3 of the Dingley Tariff Act. Negotiations have been entered into with the United States Government with a view to securing on some or all of these articles the reductions given to other nations. The Answer to the last part of this Question is in the affirmative. But, as has been previously stated, the United States Government has contended hitherto that such concessions, being granted in return for a consideration, do not come within the scope of the most-favoured-nation clause.

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