§ 35. Mr. BENNETT
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he has received any representations regarding the effect on British exports of the proposed revision of the French tariff; and, if so, whether his Department is taking any action in the matter?
§ Sir B. CHADWICK
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by the President of the Board of Trade to the hon. Member for Lincoln (Mr. Taylor) on the 15th March, a copy of which I am sending him. Representations concerning certain of the proposed tariff changes have already been received by my Department, but it is necessary to give an opportunity to other British traders to furnish their views, before considering whether any action can usefully be taken by His Majesty's Government, and I am communicating with chambers of commerce and trade associations accordingly.
§ Mr. H. WILLIAMS
Can the hon. Gentleman say whether at any time during recent years any result has come from representations made to foreign Governments with regard to their tariffs?
§ Sir H. CROFT
Is it not a fact that the Leader of the Liberal party on a certain occasion threatened to impose a duty on Spanish oranges and other foodstuffs unless notice was taken of British representations?