§ 26. Mr. LYONS
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs the number of occasions this year on which the Tariff Board in Canada has considered applications for tariff reduction by manufacturers of this country in pursuance of the Ottawa Agreements; the number and particulars of tariff items covered 209 thereby; and the items in respect of which reductions have been ordered and the amounts thereof?
Mr. M. MacDONALD
There has been no occasion for the Tariff Board in Canada to meet this year in order to consider applications on behalf of United Kingdom manufacturers for reviews of Canadian duties under the provisions of the Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom and Canada concluded at Ottawa; but, as my hon. and learned Friend is aware, they presented a report on cotton textiles in April which recommended a reduction in the British preferential tariff on these goods.
The whole question of the Ottawa Agreements and the possible revision of the trade agreement with Canada is, as my hon. and learned Friend has no doubt noticed in the Press, under consideration.
§ Sir J. NALL
Are the Dominion Government taking steps to give effect to the recommendations which my right hon. Friend has mentioned?
§ 44. Mr. H. G. WILLIAMS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether advantage is to be taken of the denunciation by the Government of India of the Ottawa Trade Agreement to accord to British manufacturers in this country, where it is necessary, some measure of protection against Indian manufactured goods, while continuing to accord such goods substantial preferences over similar foreign goods?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)
I can assure my hon. Friend that the interests to which he refers will be carefully borne in mind during the negotiations.
§ Mr. WILLIAMS
Is my right hon. Friend prepared to advise his colleagues in necessary cases to impose duties at preferential rates on goods coming from India?
§ Mr. A. V. ALEXANDER
Is there any reason why the preference on linseed should not be at once removed?