South Africa and Germany (Treaty).

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 27th February 1929.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I have been asked to reply. I am aware of the views expressed by commercial circles in this country is regards the Treaty recently concluded between the Union of South Africa and Germany. I would, however, point out that while the Treaty provides that goods produced or manufactured in Germany will, on importation into the Union of South Africa, be entitled to the same treatment as similar goods produced or manufactured in any other country, this concession is subject to the proviso that in the case of goods in respect of which preferential treatment is, under existing Union legislation, specifically accorded to other parts of the British Empire, Germany will not be able to claim any minimum rates or rebates actually granted to other parts of the Empire. The Treaty does not come into force until the exchange of ratifications, which has not yet been effected. As regards the last part of the question, I would invite reference to the reply given on my behalf by my right hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies to questions in the House on the 4th December.