Representations have been addressed to the Portuguese Government calling attention to the injurious effect which their legislation will have on British shipping. Retaliation, by means of increased charges on Portuguese shipping visiting British ports, is impracticable, in view of Articles 13 and 14 of the Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1914, which provides for reciprocal most-favoured-nation treatment in shipping matters. I will communicate to my hon. Friends a copy of a letter addressed to certain interested bodies in this country, in which the considerations determining the attitude of His Majesty's Government in this matter are fully set out; and I will see that a copy is also laid in the Library of the House. I hope my hon. Friends will agree, after perusal of this letter, that a deputation would serve no useful purpose.