HC Deb 16 December 1929 vol 233 c955
55. Mr. ALLEN

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is anticipated that the new Turkish tariff will adversely affect the importation of British goods into Turkey?


The general level of duties is higher under the new Turkish tariff, which came into force on 1st October, than under the former tariff. Many of the increases were admittedly imposed for protective purposes, and I fear it must be anticipated that some adverse effect on our trade with Turkey is inevitable.


Have the present Government any means of protecting British producers from the arbitrary raising of tariffs in other countries?


The hon. Member is aware that this new Turkish tariff is due to the fact that a former Convention lapsed, but at the present time we have a modus vivendi for the most-favourednation treatment of this country, and a new commercial treaty with Turkey is now being negotiated.