HC Deb 14 December 1937 vol 330 cc958-9
10. Mr. Shinwell

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he can make a statement on the announcement of the Australian Government to remove restrictions on certain imports from the United States of America, and the effect of the change on the Ottawa Agreement?

The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (Mr. Malcolm MacDonald)

I have no information to add to the announcement made by His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia regarding some modifications of the arrangements which they introduced in 1936 prohibiting the importation of certain goods from foreign countries except under licence. I am sending the hon. Member particulars of these changes, which have been published in the Press. The agreement concluded at Ottawa in 1932 between the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Governments is not affected by the Commonwealth Government's decision.