Ottawa Agreements.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons at on 16 June 1936.

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Photo of Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith , Petersfield

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he has taken to invite the observations of the industries affected on the subject of the revisions of the Ottawa Agreements; the names of the organisations with which he has communicated on the subject; and the final date fixed for the receipt of their replies?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

Preliminary discussions with a view to the revision of the Ottawa Agreement with Canada will begin shortly. The Association of British Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of British Industries, and the National Union of Manufacturers, as well as a number of bodies representing particular industries, have been invited to furnish their observations to the Board of Trade by 19th June. I shall, of course, be happy to consider observations submitted by any interested parties. The question of consultation in connection with the possible revision of the Ottawa Agreements with other parts of the Empire does not arise at present.

Photo of Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith , Petersfield

Will the right hon. Gentleman allow the agricultural interests to submit their observations?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

Certainly. If they have any observations to make I shall be only too glad to listen to them.

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

Will the right hon. Gentleman also listen to representations from organisations representing the consumers?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

If the hon. Member will tell me to which organisations he refers I can give him an answer.

Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth

Will the right hon. Gentleman make a special point of consulting the National Farmers' Union?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

If the National Farmers' Union have representations to make, I am sure they are vocal enough to make them.