HC Deb 14 May 1924 vol 173 cc1404-5W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India if he is aware of the serious consequence to the galvanising sheet and tinplate trade which will result to this country if the proposed increase in Indian tariff duties becomes operative; and is the Government taking any action in bringing before the notice of the Indian Legislative Council the serious effect upon trade in this industry if the proposed tariff becomes law?


I am aware that the increase in the Indian import duties, if it is made, must be harmful in some degree to the trade in this country. It is, however, the policy of His Majesty's Government, as it has been of their predecessors since the passing of the Government of India Act, 1919, to observe the Fiscal Convention recommended by the Joint Parliamentary Committee—that is to say, to refrain from interference in purely tariff questions when the Government of India and the Indian Legislature are in agreement.