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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that Venezuela imposes a 30 per cent. differential duty on produce and merchandise of the British West Indies; whether he can make a statement concerning the negotiations in respect of this action; and what steps the Government is taking in the matter?
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the latter part, no negotiations with the Venezuela Government are at present in progress, but the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs is in consultation with His Majesty's Minister at Caracas on the subject.