HC Deb 17 April 1956 vol 551 cc817-8
1. Mr. Fernyhough

asked the President of the Board of Trade the exports from Great Britain to the United States of America upon which the United States Government increased the tariff during 1955.

The Minister of State, Board of Trade (Mr. A. R. W. Low)

The United States Government increased the tariff on bicycles in 1955. I am aware of no other tariff increase in that year affecting United Kingdom exports.

Mr. Fernyhough

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether any representations were made to the United States Government about this increase, in tariffs? Is he not aware of the increased tariffs on underground pipes? Will he not make it clear that the time is coming when we shall have to restrict our dollar imports to what our dollar exports are?

Mr. Low

Without commenting on the last part of that question, the matter of underground pipes is separate and was related to dumping. It was not a straight tariff increase. We have made representations about bicycles, about which many Questions have been answered, and we are still negotiating compensation.