Ottawa Agreements (Australia).

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 11th July 1933.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Pickering Mr Ernest Pickering , Leicester West


asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware that the new Australian duties have not been reduced to any material degree in favour of this country, but that further duties have been imposed, notably 35 per cent. on English-made elastic fabric (up to one inch in width) in addition to the various existing charges of 52 per cent., making a duty of 92¾ per cent. in all; and, since this contravenes the undertaking which Australia gave at Ottawa that duties should not exceed a level which would give United Kingdom producers opportunities to compete on the basis of relative costs of production, whether he will make representations to that effect to the Australian Government?