§ 82. Mr. HURD
asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department if he will call for a report from the British High Commissioner in Canada on the effect of the increased British preferences in the Canadian tariff, and especially the means of carrying out the declared intention of the Canadian Government that the new tariff should be regarded as a straightforward offer for increased British trade?
§ Mr. GILLETT
The reply to the first part of the question is in the negative; but I am in constant communication with His Majesty's Senior Trade Commissioner in Canada on this matter. As regards the latter part of the question, I would say that, with a view to assisting firms interested in the export trade to Canada, who cannot fail to regard the action of His Majesty's Government in Canada as an encouragement to them to increase 2062 their trade with that country, preliminary telegraphic reports on the new tariff rates transmitted by His Majesty's Senior Trade Commissioner in Montreal have been communicated to them and have also been published in the "Board of Trade Journal." The full official statement has just been received and complete particulars of the changes involved will be published in the next issue of the "Board of Trade Journal."