HC Deb 20 May 1930 vol 239 c192
10. Sir W. DAVISON

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he proposes to offer Canada any special privileges in the British market, having regard to the special preferences proposed to be given to British goods in the recent Canadian Budget; and, in particular, if he will consider whether a preference could be granted to Canadian wheat as against American wheat, seeing that the United States are now proposing still higher tariffs against British goods?


The policy of His Majesty's Government in regard to Imperial Preference has already been clearly stated in this House. It is not proposed to impose an import duty on foreign wheat, so that the question of according such a preference as is suggested does not arise.


Are we to understand that the reply of the Government to these concessions by the Canadian Government is that we can only treat them in the same way as we treat foreign countries?


Not necessarily, but the hon. Gentleman has in view a tax on all imported wheat. To that, of course, the Government is quite opposed.