HC Deb 22 March 1907 vol 171 cc1291-2

To ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any definite proposals have been made by any of the Colonies for a preference on articles which are at present subject to Customs duties; and, if so, will he state what Colonies, and what are the particulars of the scheme submitted.

(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) A proposal was made in 1905 by the Government of the Cape of Good Hope to the effect that a preferential tariff on Colonial wines should be granted in the United Kingdom, and, as the hon. Member will see from Cd. 3337, a Resolution will be proposed at the forthcoming Colonial Conference by New Zealand, to the effect that this country should concede preferential rates of duty on Colonial products now taxable.