§ 42. Mr. PARKINSON
asked the Secretary for Mines what is the present quota for British coal imports into France; whether there was any reduction on 1st February; and if representations will be made to the French Government to ensure that the quota shall not be less than the average tonnage of the three years 1928, 1929, and 1930?
§ Mr. ISAAC FOOT
The present quota for coal imports from the United Kingdom and from other countries into France was reduced as from 1st February from 72 per cent. to 64 per cent. of the average imports for the three years 1928, 1929, and 1930; a margin of 6 per cent. is reserved for additional allocation at the end of each month if there is a demand for the coal. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative, but all possible steps are being taken to ensure that this country secures as favourable treatment as other importing countries in the application of the quota.
§ Mr. LAWSON
Has the hon. Gentleman any information to show that there is any connection between this new quota and the Abnormal importations Act?
§ Mr. LAWSON
Is it not true that the quota restriction against this country has been increased since the passage of the Bill?
Does not the Abnormal Importations Act give us an opportunity now of dealing with such matters?
Were the Government in any way represented at the important deputation that is waiting on the French Government to-day with regard to the South Wales quota being reduced?
§ Mr. FOOT
No, but the Government made the arrangements for the representatives of the coal industry here to meet the representatives of the French Government. It was not an interview between Governments; it was an interview at which the interests themselves desired to make their own representations.