HC Deb 01 July 1958 vol 590 c1066
37. Mr. Wade

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make proposals to the Commonwealth Economic Conference for promoting increased trade between the United Kingdom and Canada, and in particular for a reduction of tariffs on imports of wool cloth from the United Kingdom into Canada.

The Minister of State, Board of Trade (Mr. J. K. Vaughan-Morgan)

Yes, Sir; we shall all be very much concerned at the Commonwealth Economic Conference to promote increased trade between all Commonwealth countries. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer given to the right hon. Member for Battersea, North (Mr. Jay) on 26th June.

Mr. Wade

If one of the purposes of the Commonwealth Economic Conference is to discuss ways and means of increasing international trade, would not this be an appropriate occasion for making further strong representations with a view to the removal of the Canadian tariff on British wool cloth, which is bound to impede trade between Britain and Canada?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

I am afraid that I cannot anticipate the conference by saying what our proposals will be.