§ 27. Sir GIFFORD FOX
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any decision has yet been reached as to whether the recent action of the Spanish Government in granting a 35 per cent. rebate in the duties levied on certain foreign motor vehicles entering Spain constitutes an infringement of our Commercial treaty with that country; and, if so, whether he proposes to make any protest in the matter or take any other action?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The withholding of this rebate from United Kingdom motor cars was regarded by His Majesty's Government as a breach of the terms of Article 5 of the Anglo-Spanish Commercial Treaty, and a claim that the rebate should be extended to United Kingdom motor cars was made in July last. As stated in the reply given to the hon. Member for Moseley on 17th November, the Spanish Government have recently intimated that the rebate will be extended to United Kingdom cars.