HC Deb 30 January 1934 vol 285 cc175-6

asked the President of the Board of Trade what foreign countries have in operation discriminatory duties against British goods; and if the Government contemplate the termination of existing trade agreements with such countries?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

The only existing case of any material importance in which discriminatory duties are imposed against United Kingdom goods is the French import turnover tax. The French Government has undertaken to remove this differentiation so soon as the necessary legislation can be passed. In these circumstances no action on the lines suggested in the last part of the question is in contemplation.


I asked my hon. and gallant Friend whether His Majesty's Government will enunciate some definite policy for dealing with these questions as they arise? Will he consider the advisability


Perhaps the hon. Member had better wait to see the statement.

Following is the statement:

of placing the Board of Trade in a position to take definite steps at once if discrimination is exercised against us?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

We can under the Import Duties Act take steps in a great many cases.


Having regard to the statements made yesterday in the House that action will be taken in 10 days' time, will arrangements be made in the meantime so that there is no delay afterwards?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

Yes, Sir.