Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1939.

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Photo of Mr Alan Chorlton Mr Alan Chorlton , Bury

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will give the progress and present position of the trade agreement now being negotiated with India; and whether, in the negotiations, due regard has been taken of the present privileges and large exports of India to the Colonies?

Photo of Mr Stuart Russell Mr Stuart Russell , Darwen

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can give any indication when the trade treaty, at present under negotiation with India, is likely to be concluded; and whether, in the event of the failure of reasonable negotiation, he will make use of our tariffs to ensure that Lancashire cotton goods obtain entry into that market on fair and reasonable terms?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

On the position of the trade negotiations with India, I have nothing to add to the answer given on 13th February to the hon. and gallant Member for Accrington (Major Procter), and the hon. Member for Don Valley (Mr. T. Williams). The trade enjoyed by India in Colonial markets has been kept in mind in the negotiations.