Canadian Footwear.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons at on 21 July 1936.

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Photo of Sir Mervyn Manningham-Buller Sir Mervyn Manningham-Buller , Northampton

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the increasing volume of imports of Canadian footwear; and, in view of the fact that these are imported free of duty, whereas Canada imposes a heavy tuty on British footwear, he will endeavour, in any future agreement, to secure more equitable treatment for this important industry?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

I am aware of the increase in the imports of rubber footwear from Canada. I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that the interests of the United Kingdom boot and shoe industries are being kept in mind during the present trade discussions with the Canadian Government.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Does not this indicate that the provisions of the Ottawa Agreements are in many respects defective?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

It only means that all agreements are subject to revision.