HC Deb 26 March 1953 vol 513 c826
34. Mr. Jay

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the proposed increases in tariff rates on imports of British textile and engineering goods into Australia: and what representations he is making to the Australian Government about this.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

I would refer the right hon. Gentleman to the answer given to the hon. Member for Bolton, West (Mr. Holt) on 12th March. Copies of the Australian Tariff Board's Report on internal combustion engines have now been received and are being studied by the Departments concerned.

Mr. Jay

Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that it would be a serious matter if Australia raised tariff rates on these important British exports?

Mr. Thorneycroft

So far as textiles are concerned, I hope that the right hon. Gentleman will look at the answer to the previous Question. That is a fairly small problem. On the question of internal combustion engines. I am studying the Report.

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