HC Deb 17 November 1937 vol 329 cc370-1
Dr. Leech

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the railways built in Argentina with British savings take annually more than 1,000,000 tons of British coal and much railway equipment; that it is essential in the interests of our coal and heavy engineering export trades to defend savings lent to foreign countries which develop such exports; and will he represent to the Argentine Government that the injury done to the Anglo-Argentine railways by unremunerative railway rates, exchange taxation, and labour restrictions have created ill-feeling between the two countries and prevent the railways raising British capital by which to extend the Argentine pastoral and grain industries and mutual Anglo-Argentine trade?

Viscount Cranborne

His Majesty's Government are fully aware of the importance of the matters to which my hon. Friend draws attention. As regards the last part of the question, I have nothing to add to the answer which I gave to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Hertford (Sir M. Sueter) on 9th November.