HC Deb 15 March 1932 vol 263 c161

asked the President of the Board of Trade if His Majesty's Government will make representations to the Government of the French Republic with a, view to obtaining; the removal of the 15 per cent. duty on imports into France of English china clay, in view of the recent removal of the 15 per cent, duty on British coal?


As I explained in the reply I returned on 1st March to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Nuneaton (Captain North) we have made it clear to the French Government that we take exception in principle to the imposition of the surtax on any British goods. I am not at present contemplating special representations in regard to any particular class of goods.


Is it not the case that this Government and all other Governments are puzzling their wits to find the best ways and means of providing work for the millions of people who are out of employment, and does the right hon. Gentleman think that tariffs will remedy that state of affairs?