HC Deb 17 June 1931 vol 253 cc1765-6W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any representations have been made to the Government of Brazil in respect of the recent increases in the tariffs on goods entering Brazil; whether any reductions have been secured; and, if so, on what articles?


With regard to the increased duties now in force on jute, jute yarns, and some cotton yarns, I would refer to the answer given on 27th April to the hon. and gallant Member for the Isle of Wight (Captain P. Macdonald), of which I am sending the hon. and gallant Member a copy. In addition, increased duties on wool, wool yarn, wool piece goods and other wool goods are to come into force about the middle of July. As regards wool yarns, the increase is not, I think, so heavy as that which was in contemplation in March, when His Majesty's Ambassador at Rio made representations on the subject to the Brazilian Government. His Majesty's Ambassador has been instructed to approach the Brazilian Government as regards the duties on all these wool products; but I have so far no information as to the results of this further action.

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