HC Deb 16 November 1926 vol 199 c1683
52. Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the general percentage of Russian import tariffs compared with British import duties?


I know of no practicable method of making a satisfactory comparison of the general levels of the Customs tariffs of Russia and this country.

Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE

Is it to be understood that the tariff walls of Russia are so high that the top cannot be seen?


No. They are in some cases very high, but I think it is impossible to make a comparison between a country which has the whole of its foreign trade in its own hands and therefore can exclude trade, quite irrespective of a tariff, with a country which has a very small tariff and where trade is completely free.