HC Deb 10 April 1934 vol 288 cc141-2

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, as a free interchange of commodities would secure additional employment in the two countries, he will institute conversations with the President of the United States with a view of lowering or, preferably, of abolishing tariffs on British products entering the United States and United States products entering Great Britain?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)

I do not think that commercial conversations between the two Governments could be usefully considered at present. I understand that the commercial policy of the United States is under review and that the President of the United States is seeking to obtain authority from Congress to negotiate reciprocal trade agreements with foreign countries.