HC Deb 12 February 1934 vol 285 cc1571-2

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Anglo-Russian trade agreement has yet been signed?

Lieut.-Colonel JOHN COLVILLE (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

No, Sir, not yet.


Can my hon. and gallant Friend say when?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

No, Sir, but I can say that we are at the stage of drafting, and it is important to secure a satisfactory draft and one that is not open to any misunderstanding on either side. No time is being lost in that work.

Lieut.-Commander AGNEW

Will it be a temporary or a permanent agreement?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

That has already been explained.


Before this agreement is signed, will there be any consultations with the trade organisations of the country as to their attitude?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

Consultations with trade organisations have been held during the negotiations.

Duchess of ATHOLL

Has the hon. and gallant Gentleman had any consultations with representatives of agriculture as to the harm that is being done by the dumping of Russian butter and other agricultural products?

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