§ 54. Colonel WEDGWOOD
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the reduction in the Dutch quota for earthenware to 35 per cent. of the average exports for 1929–30; and whether, in the interests of North Staffordshire, he will take immediate steps to negotiate better terms to relieve the hardships of this industry?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
Yes, Sir. The Netherlands authorities have recently 489 announced reductions in the import quotas applicable to various classes of goods, and the matter is receiving active consideration.
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
Can anything be done by direct negotiation before the quota comes into operation?
§ Mr. CHARLES WILLIAMS
The right hon. Gentleman will remember that he can impose special duties if necessary.