asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that a German ministerial order, becoming effective op 19th November, provides for the reintroduction of export bounties of from 8 to 10 reichmarks per 100 kilos on malting barley and various oat products; and if he will consider the advisability of imposing countervailing duties?
I have been asked to reply. I am aware of the reintroduction of the import bond system in respect of certain barley and oat products (but not malting barley) exported from Germany. The last part of the question raises a matter of general trade policy on which the Government is not prepared at present to make a statement.
While I shall be happy to bear in mind my noble Friend's suggestion, I am not in a position to add to the statements which I have made recently in this House with regard to agricultural policy.
When my right hon. Friend made his statement on agricultural policy, was he aware that the German Government were putting export bounties upon oats and other cereals?