HC Deb 26 March 1936 vol 310 cc1418-9
92. Mr. DONNER

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will give an assurance that in any new agreement which may be concluded with the Argentine Republic a paragraph similar to paragraph 2, Article I, of the Anglo-Argentine Convention of 1st May, 1933, by which it was undertaken not to reduce the imports of certain types of meat from Argentina below a certain level unless imports of similar meat from Empire countries were reduced by a similar percentage, will not again be included?


The question of the future of this agreement is under consideration. His Majesty's Government's general views with regard to meat imports were set out in the White Paper of March, 1935 [Cmd. 4828].


May we understand that my right hon. Friend accepts the principle which is inherent in the question?


asked the President of the Board of Trade whether pending removal by the Argentine authorities of restrictions on the earnings of British investments, he will give notice to terminate the Roca. Agreement and suspend negotiations for a renewal, so that the nil return on £200,000,000 of Anglo-Argentine capital shall not be used by the Argentine authorities as a bargaining counter to obtain facilities for the sale of Argentine produce in Great Britain?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the replies which were given to the hon. Member for Lincoln (Mr. Liddall) on 2nd March and to the hon. Member for Harborough (Mr. Tree) on 10th March.


Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that this agreement has worked to the advantage either of British investors and British farmers or of Dominion farmers?