HC Deb 06 April 1922 vol 152 cc2398-9
13. Mr. L. MALONE

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he is aware that American trade is now supplanting British enterprise in Mexico; and whether, in the interests of British trade and to reduce unemployment in this country, the Government will consider the desirability of recognising the present Mexican Government at once?

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

In view of the fact that British exports to Mexico in 1920 were nearly twice the value of those in 1913, I cannot admit that British enterprise in that country is being supplanted. As to the second part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on the 27th March on this subject to the hon. Member for North Cumberland by the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

Rear-Admiral Sir R. HALL

Has a request for recognition been made by the Mexican Government?


Are these figures on a tonnage basis?


No. I said they were on a value basis. The whole question of recognition was fully dealt with by the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the speech he made on the Motion for the Third Reading of the Consolidated Fund Bill. I think that in that my hon. Friend will find all the information he seeks.


In view of the fact that it is proposed under certain circumstances to recognise the Soviet Government if they adhere to the Cannes Resolutions, will those Resolutions be brought to the notice of the Mexican Government, and if they adhere to them will recognition be granted to them?


I think these Resolutions are known to the whole world.


Is there any impediment to British traders doing business in Mexico if they so desire?


There is no impediment in their way, but it is obvious that, if satisfactory arrangement can be made for full recognition, the position would be easier and better than without full recognition.