HC Deb 12 May 1930 vol 238 c1442

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the import or bunker duties on coal at Rio de Janeiro, amounting to 10s. 10d. per ton, are a flat rate, or do we get any better terms under the most-favoured-nation clause?

Mr. GILLETT (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

I have been asked to reply. No commercial agreement providing for most-favoured-nation treatment is in force between this country and Brazil. The import duty on coal is, however, according to my information, levied at a flate rate, whatever the country of export.


Am I to understand from the answer that the Government are making no effort, and that they have no means of doing anything to get an advantage for British trade?