HC Deb 22 February 1938 vol 332 cc165-6
16. Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade particulars of any fresh proposals that have been brought to the notice of his Department from any parts of the British Empire since 1931 in favour of an extension of Imperial Preference; and what action the Government took with regard to these representations?

Mr. Stanley

Following the coming into force of the Import Duties Act, 1932, the whole question of inter-Imperial trade relations was surveyed at the Imperial Economic Conference held in Ottawa in August, 1932. Trade agreements were there concluded with the Overseas Dominions and with Southern Rhodesia and India. The Ottawa Agreement with Canada was replaced by a new United Kingdom-Canada Trade Agreement dated 23rd February, 1937. Discussions with New Zealand, the Union of South Africa and India for the revision of the existing trade agreements with those countries are at present proceeding, and discussions for the revision of the Ottawa Agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia are expected to open in a few months.

Mr. Day

Has anything further of a definite nature been done with a view to-extending Imperial Preference?

Mr. Stanley

These agreements are now being discussed.