HC Deb 03 April 1922 vol 152 cc1831-2

asked the Prime Minister whether he will call for information from the proper quarter as to the conditions now prevailing in Mexico and as to the possibility of successful British trade there?

Sir P. LLOYD-GREAME (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

I have been asked to reply. I stated in my replies to my hon. and gallant Friend and to the hon. Member for Wednesbury on the 30th and 27th March the steps which have been taken in this connection, and I shall continue to obtain and circulate to traders information of the kind referred to in my replies.

Lieut.-Colonel ARCHER-SHEE

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that our import trade with Mexico has gone up by 600 per cent. since 1913 and our export trade has doubled in that period?


In that period, of course, values have to be taken into account. I think the improvement in British trade is very satisfactory.


asked the Prime Minister whether hr is aware that the continued refusal of the British Government to grant recognition to the existing constitutionally elected Government of the Republic of Mexico is causing grave harm and prejudice to British interests and British trade in that country; that there is no properly accredited representative of Great Britain in that country; and whether he will at once take steps to remedy the existing condition of affairs by consulting Members of this House who are capable and willing to give disinterested advice to the Government in regard to the position in Mexico?


I cannot usefully add anything to the numerous statements on this subject which I have made recently.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that not long ago the Mexican Government requested the removal of the present British representative in Mexico; whether he considers that this is advantageous to the position of our trade and commerce in that country; and will he state definitely how long our policy there is to be subservient to the policy of the United States?


The hon. Gentleman is making a speech. This matter was debated in the House only two days ago.

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