HC Deb 01 February 1934 vol 285 cc536-7
83. Mr. TURTON

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is now able to make a statement with regard to the grant by the Spanish Government of a 35 per cent. rebate in customs duties on imported British motor cars; from what date the rebate will operate; whether the Spanish Government have granted the rebate in consequence of Article 5 of the Anglo-Spanish Treaty of 1922 and Article 6 of the Anglo-Spanish Treaty of 1927; and whether a similar rebate in Customs duties is being granted by the Spanish Government in respect of motor cars imported from Canada?


As has already been stated in this House, the rebate has been extended to United Kingdom cars as from 1st October last. The claim made by His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom was based upon the Treaty provisions referred to in the question; and, while the attitude of the Spanish Government in this matter has not been made altogether clear, the Treaty rights of this country and of Canada have been fully reserved. I regret that I am not in a position to answer the last part of the question.


Would not the Treaty rights allow us to have a rebate from the 14th June, the date when a rebate was allowed to France?