§ 60. Sir ERNEST SHEPPERSON
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that an American company, with a Canadian branch, has increased its imports of pectin from Canada by practically 50 per cent. during the present year, and that this firm is selling pectin in England at, approximately, half the Canadian price; and, therefore, will he consider taking special steps to impose a dumping duty on similar lines to that applied by Canada on pectin exported from this country?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
I am aware of the position stated in the question. The imposition of an import duty on Canadian pectin would be contrary to the agreement concluded at Ottawa with His Majesty's Government in Canada.
§ Sir E. SHEPPERSON
Is my right hon. Friend aware that if this pectin were manufactured in this country, it would mean a consumption of something like 25,000 tons of apples, and will he not, in view of the fact that this pectin comes from America through Canada, open some negotiations with Canada in order to save this important British industry?