HC Deb 13 April 1937 vol 322 cc777-8
41. Lieut.-Colonel Acland-Troyte

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has yet given notice to terminate those trade agreements which prevent the Government from increasing the duties on foreign eggs in shell; and, if such notice has not been given, whether he has started negotiations to enable him to increase these duties?

Mr. Runciman

No, Sir. As has been stated on previous occasions, the case of the poultry industry will receive consideration in connection with any negotiations which may take place for the revision of various trade agreements, and in the light of any report received from the Import Duties Advisory Committee on the application which, I understand, is now before them.

Lieut.-Colonel Acland-Troyte

Is the Minister aware that while he is shillyshallying about with these trade agreements large numbers of poultry producers are being forced out of business and can he not at least give some indication as to when negotiations will be commenced?

Hon. Members


Mr. Maxton

What is the use of asking questions if we do not get answers?