HC Deb 25 March 1935 vol 299 cc1568-9

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the action of the Netherlands Government in reducing materially by a quota arrangement the imports of British bicycles into the Netherlands; and whether he will state what action he proposes to take?

Lieut.-Colonel J. COLVILLE (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

Under a Netherlands decree of 15th March the importation of complete pedal cycles is subject to limitation for five months from 1st March to 100 per cent. of the 1934 imports. If my hon. Friend has in mind cycle parts certain component parts are restricted to 50 per cent. of the 1934 imports, but in numerous instances, component parts remain free from restriction. As regards the last part of the question, I would point out that the United Kingdom is entitled to receive its full proportionate share of the quotas which are applicable to imports of all countries.


Is it not inevitable, if you put a quota on Danish bacon, that the Danish Government should retaliate by putting a quota on British bicycles?

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