HC Deb 12 December 1934 vol 296 cc389-90
65. Sir P. GOFF

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether any special effort is in contemplation to expand British trade in Turkey; and if he is satisfied that the representation of British interests in the republic of Turkey is adequate and is functioning satisfactorily?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

As my hon. Friend is aware, negotiations are at present in progress for the conclusion of a new commercial agreement with Turkey the effect of which, it is hoped, will lead to the improvement of Anglo-Turkish trade relations. With regard to the second part of the question, the answer is in the affirmative.


Is the hon. and gallant Member aware that the British Chamber of Commerce at Istanbul have been continuously passing resolutions with regard to clearance and quotas?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

Yes, Sir, I am aware of that fact.


Can the hon. and gallant Member say whether the proposed trade agreement with Turkey will contain a provision limiting our power to impose restrictions?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

It is not the practice to disclose in advance any of the negotiations.


Will the hon. and gallant Member bear in mind the discriminatory nature of the steps Turkey has taken against British trade?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

Yes, Sir, we have fully in mind the disadvantages under which British trade is at present suffering, and that is why we have taken up active negotiations with Turkey.