HC Deb 15 July 1912 vol 41 cc58-9W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether under the new arrangements constituting French and Spanish protectorates in Morocco, those provisions of the Algeciras Treaty will remain in force which stipulated that, in the matter of tenders for public works, equal opportunities should be enjoyed by the subjects of all the signatory Powers; and whether it is clearly and definitely understood that in the matter of Import Duties there shall be no discrimination against any of the signatory Powers?


The rights of Great Britain in regard to tenders for public works and Customs Duties are definitely safeguarded under Articles 6 and 4 of the Franco-German Convention of November, 1911, to which His Majesty's Government have adhered. I may add that in a recent speech in the Chamber of Deputies the French Prime Minister clearly recognised that all contracts for public works in Morocco must be submitted to adjudication.