HC Deb 04 February 1937 vol 319 cc1777-8
87. Lieut.-Colonel Heneage

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether lie is satisfied that, with the 40 per cent. increase in the price of Scandinavian and Baltic pulp produce, it is in the interests of British newsprint production that foreign newsprint should still be on the free import list?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Dr. Burgin)

As my hon. and gallant Friend is aware, the trade agreements with certain Scandinavian and Baltic countries include provisions for the entry free of duty into the United Kingdom of newsprint produced or manufactured in those countries. The position of the United Kingdom newsprint industry will be kept in mind in any negotiations for the revision of those agreements.

Mr. H. G. Williams

Can the Parliamentary Secretary say when notice of denunciation of these trade agreements will be given, so that we can free ourselves from their shackles?

Dr. Burgin

That is another question altogether, but I do not assent to the last part of it.