HC Deb 16 February 1932 vol 261 cc1439-40
14. Mr. McENTEE

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any representations to foreign Powers asking for a reduction in tariffs have been made since 1st October, 1931; if so, to what Powers were the representations made and with what result.; and whether during the same period any efforts have been made to secure further reduction in the tariffs imposed by the Dominions against this country?


No general representations regarding Customs tariffs have been made to foreign Governments since October last, though particular cases have been taken up as occasion required. The question of the tariff treatment of United Kingdom goods in the Dominions is now under review in connection with the forthcoming Imperial Economic Conference at Ottawa.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say what has been the result in the particular cases he mentioned?


Communications are still proceeding, and I cannot say anything more for the present.


Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether any foreign countries have actually made a reduction in their tariffs in the last year?


I could not say that without notice.

35. Major NATHAN

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will have compiled, for the information of the House, materials illustrating the process of tariff fixation and regulation in the United States, France, Germany, Belgium, and other countries whose industrial conditions are comparable to our own?


I am considering my hon. Friend's suggestion, and will communicate with him in due course.