§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)
As the answer includes a table of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission; circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following is the answer:
§ affect the British cotton export trade to the Argentine?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, I am already in possession of the views of the cotton industry, and it is always open to them to make any further representations.
§ Sir JOSEPH LAMB
Were those views given from the industry direct or through some other body, and will my right hon. Friend give the same facilities to agriculture to put their case before him?
§ Sir J. LAMB
Is it not a fact that my right hon. Friend refused to accept information from agriculturists direct, and said it must come through some other Department?
§ Captain DOWER
We were told two days ago that the main features of the agreement would be given in a fortnight's time. Shall we have an opportunity of discusing them on that occasion, or must we wait until the agreement is put before us, as has happened so often before, and have to take it or leave it?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend had better put a question on the Paper on that subject as it refers to the business of the House.
§ 64. Brigadier-General Sir HENRY CROFT
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can now intimate that the Argentine agreement will be such as to give a definite opportunity for the maintenance and expansion of home and Dominion production of beef?
§ 65. Mr. H. G. WILLIAMS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is proposed to denounce the Anglo-Argentine Trade Agreement on or before 7th July?
Mr. RUNG IMAN
The negotiations are still proceeding, and therefore I am not yet in a position to make any statement.
§ Mr. H. G. WILLIAMS
Will my right hon. Friend assure us that 7th July will not be permitted to come without definite action being taken?