Tariff Reductions (Negotiations).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 8th June 1931.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Samuel Mr Arthur Samuel , Farnham

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what reply has been, or will be, sent to the French Government with regard to their request to the British Government to reduce safeguarding and/or other duties which affect French exports to Great Britain?

Photo of Sir George Gillett Sir George Gillett , Finsbury

Negotiations with the French and other Governments on the question of tariff reductions are still proceeding, and I do not think it would be desirable to make any statement as to the communications which are passing on the subject at the present stage.

Photo of Mr Arthur Samuel Mr Arthur Samuel , Farnham

Will the hon. Member answer my question in which I asked what reply has been sent regarding the French Government's request that we should reduce safeguarding and/or other duties which affect French exports to Great Britain?

Photo of Sir George Gillett Sir George Gillett , Finsbury

I can add nothing to the answer that I have given.

Photo of Sir William Brass Sir William Brass , Clitheroe

Can the hon. Member say when these conversations started?