HC Deb 17 April 1935 vol 300 cc1829-30
12 and 14. Captain STRICKLAND

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) what arrangements are being made to further the interests of Palestine trade in connection with the present discussions proceeding with the Egyptian delegation at present in this country;

(2) whether, in connection with the present discussions which are proceeding with regard to the commercial relations between Great Britain and Egypt, he can make an assurance that full consideration will be given to the possibility of increasing in Egypt the market for exports from Palestine?


My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade and I are keeping in mind during the discussions with the Egyptian Trade Delegation the possibility of promoting the trade of Palestine as well as other parts of the Colonial Empire with Egypt. I have also recently approved a proposal by the High Commissioner for Palestine that a trade delegation from Palestine should visit Egypt, and it is hoped that direct negotiations between the two countries will be commenced in the near future.

13. Captain STRICKLAND

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in respect of which commercial treaties negotiated within the past three years consideration has been given to the question of the finding of increased markets for Palestine products; and in which treaties arrangements for this purpose have actually been made?


In all negotiations for commercial agreements concluded within the last three years the interests of Palestine have been borne in mind and Palestinian products have received specific concessions under the agreements with Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Poland.