HC Deb 26 June 1958 vol 590 c583
13. Mr. Jay

asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has made to the Canadian Government on its decision to raise the tariff on iron and steel pipes and tubes imported from the United Kingdom into Canada.

Sir D. Eccles

We informed the Canadian Government fully of our views before they reached their decision in regard to this tariff. Some of the changes may turn out to our advantage, particularly the improvement in the margin of preference in favour of our exports of pipe for natural gas transmission.

Mr. Jay

It not it the fact that in several cases the duties have risen? In view of the very important pipeline project which is now going forward in Canada is not this another disappointing decision?

Sir D. Eccles

On the whole, I think that the changes are not bad from the point of view of our industry—and that is the industry's view.

Mr. Chetwynd

Has the right hon. Gentleman made any representations since the serious fall-off in export orders, which is bringing unemployment to the iron and steel industry in this country?

Sir D. Eccles

If, as I suspect, the hon. Member is talking about pipe from South Durham, we have.