HC Deb 24 November 1931 vol 260 cc197-8
20. Mr. MANDER

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any negotiations have recently taken place with regard to tariff reductions by other countries; and whether any offers or proposals of such a kind have been received?


There have been no recent negotiations or proposals for negotiation with foreign countries except on the ordinary basis of mutual most-favoured nation treatment. I may explain, however, that two recent agreements of this description, namely, those concluded with Chile and Salvador, did in fact result in United Kingdom goods securing reductions of duty which had previously been accorded to other countries but withheld from us.


Does the right hon. Gentleman propose to continue the negotiations instituted by the late Government with the object of reducing foreign tariffs?


Whenever opportunity offers we shall certainly take advantage of it.