HC Deb 28 February 1935 vol 298 c1301
58. Lieut.-Commander TUFNELL

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Spanish Government have, without notice, suppressed the 35 per cent. rebate of custom duties hitherto given to British motor cars imported into Spain; and whether, in view of the hardship caused by this action to the British motor industry, he will take steps to secure the immediate imposition of a special duty on Spanish oranges, to continue until satisfactory arrangements have been reached with regard to the motor car tariff?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

I am aware that the Spanish Government has cancelled the decree under which a 35 per cent. rebate of duty was granted to motor cars imported from France and the United Kingdom. No discrimination against this country is involved in this cancellation. The question of the treatment of United Kingdom cars in Spain will be borne in mind in connection with the commercial negotiations which are in contemplation with Spain.