Shipping Dues, Portugal.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 16th February 1922.

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) whether he has received re-presentations from British shipowners against the recent action of the Portuguese Government, who has recently increased the charges on British ships entering Portuguese ports to four times that of Portuguese ships; whether any protest has been, or will be, made by our Government here to the Portuguese Government on these increased shipping charges to British ships; can he make any general statement as to what the Government propose to do in order to protect British shipowners and trade with Portugal;

(2) whether the Secretary of State has been asked to receive a deputation from British shipowners trading with Portugal to put before him their case against the increase of harbour, pilotage, light, and other dues on British ships entering Portuguese ports; whether he has agreed to receive the deputation; if not, will he further consider the matter in view of the importance of maintaining the existing trade between Great Britain and its Dominions and Colonies with their old ally Portugal;

(3) whether his attention has been called to the recent increased charges made by the Portuguese Government upon all British shipping entering Portuguese ports; whether he is aware that this Neill have a detrimental effect on British shipping and trade with Portugal; whether Portuguese ships entering British ports are charged the same harbour, port, light, and other charges as shipping from all other nations; and can any steps be taken towards retaliating on Portugal for penalising British shipping in the way that has been recently done?