HC Deb 10 June 1936 vol 313 cc217-8W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the Indian tariff on spun-silk yarns has been raised from 26 per cent. ad valorem to 25 per cent. ad valorem plus 14 annas per pound weight, with no preference for yarns of British origin; that such increase threatens to stop British exports of spun-silk yarns to India while Japanese yarns, owing to low costs of production, will be in a position to increase their present exports to India; and will he make representations to the Government of India with a view to preserving for British silk spinners this, their largest, overseas market?


I am aware of the fact stated in the first part of the question. This matter will not be lost sight of in any future negotiations.