HC Deb 19 March 1928 vol 215 c20
13. Sir J. POWER

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the tariff preferences now accorded by this country to several of the products of the Colonies and Protectorates in Africa, steps will be taken to terminate the treaties which prevent those Colonies and Protectorates offering preference to British products?


It is too early now to come to a final decision regarding the revision or renewal of the treaties debarring the grant of Imperial preference by Certain Colonies and Protectorates. I would, however, call the attention of my hon. Friend to the fact that various considerations besides those referred to in the question will have to be taken into account, and I am not in a position to hold out any definite prospect that the action suggested will be taken.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in all the Crown Colonies and Protectorates in Africa one sees an enrmous increase of foreign goods coming in, and surely the time has arrived when some action should be taken?


That point will be taken into consideration.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is it not a fact that British trade with West Africa has been growing very steadily and rapidly?


Yes, Sir.