HL Deb 28 May 1830 vol 24 c1189

The Earl of Malmesbury moved for a Copy of the Russian Tariff of Customs. The noble Earl said, he believed that Russia had benefitted exceedingly by what had been called reciprocity treaties, to the prejudice of England. In the four years ending 1827, the value of the Russian produce imported into this country was 12,000,000l. and the value of exports from this country to Russia was 8,000,000l., so that the advantage on the part of Russia was as twelve to eight. Of the 8,000,000l. ex- ports, only about 5,000,000l. consisted of British manufactures, the rest was colonial and foreign produce. Since that period the imports from Russia had increased; its hemp, tallow, and grain had been poured into this country in a continual stream. He wanted the document he moved for, to see if there was on the part; of Russia any thing like a feeling of reciprocity in return for the inestimable advantages she enjoyed in her commerce with this country—advantages which had enabled her to carry into execution ambitious projects, which he was afraid would be found incompatible with the interests of every other country in Europe.


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