Tariff Preference, Brazil.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 23rd March 1922.

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Photo of Sir John Norton-Griffiths Sir John Norton-Griffiths , Wandsworth Central

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any efforts have been made to induce the Brazilian Government to extend preference to this country in the way of tariffs on British goods, having regard to the fact that goods from Belgium and the United States are so treated, and having regard also to the part that the large investments of British capital in Brazil have played in the development of Brazil's natural resources?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

Repeated efforts have been made in the past to secure for United Kingdom goods the reduced rates of duty accorded by Brazil to various goods of United States origin, and, more recently, also to some of these articles, the produce of Belgium. I regret that these efforts have proved unsuccessful, but no opportunity will be lost of pressing the just claims of this country upon the attention of the Brazilian Government.

Photo of Sir John Norton-Griffiths Sir John Norton-Griffiths , Wandsworth Central

Is it quite recently that that Report has been made?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

No, my information is that it goes back many years.

Photo of Sir John Norton-Griffiths Sir John Norton-Griffiths , Wandsworth Central

Will my right hon. Friend press the matter again in the interests of British trade?