§ 27. Mr. WARDLAW-MILNE
asked the Secretary to the Oversews Trade Depart- 1682 ment whether his attention has been called to the effect on British trade with Estonia of the heavy import duties now imposed on our goods by that country; and whether he will make representations to the Government of Estonia with a view to effecting a reduction of the present duties?
§ Mr. HACKING
Few complaints have reached me with regard to Estonian Customs Duties, but if my hon. Friend will let me know of any particular eases in which the duties are regarded as excessive, I will consider whether any steps in the direction he suggests can usefully be taken.
§ Mr. WARDLAW-MILNE
I am much obliged, but may I ask my hon. Friend if his attention has been drawn to the very heavy duties on fishing tackle and fishing rods for this country, in which there is quite a substantial trade which is very seriously affected by these heavy duties?
§ Mr. HACKING
No, I cannot remember that complaints have been received from the fishing tackle or fishing rod industries. Complaints have been received in regard to soap, balata belting, and—if my memory serves me right—elastic suspenders.
§ Mr. JAMES HUDSON
Does the hon. Gentleman consider that this nation, which under the present Government is contemplating an increase of import duties here, can make any representations either to this or any other nation?