Bicycles

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th July 1962.

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Photo of Mr William Warbey Mr William Warbey , Ashfield 12:00 am, 26th July 1962

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to protect the British bicycle industry against the effects of the proposed doubling of the United States tariff on imported cycles of the curved tubular frame type.

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

I am watching this very closely. The British Embassy in Washington have made strong representations at all stages of the Bill now before Congress, and we shall lose no opportunity of pressing our views on the United States Government.

Photo of Mr William Warbey Mr William Warbey , Ashfield

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the imposition of this extra tariff would lead to the loss of valuable exports and would produce serious unemployment in the bicycle industry in Nottingham and Birmingham? Wild he strengthen his representations by pointing out that if this kind of unilateral action is taken by the Americans, we shall be compelled to impose tariffs upon American manufactured goods coming into this country to compete with those goods which we can manufacture perfectly well ourselves?

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

At present, this is a Bill going through Congress. It has not yet been made law, but if it does become law, the President of the United States will have the power to veto it. We shall certainly make strong representations should the Bill become law. If the President fails to veto the Bill, we will discuss urgently the question of adequate tariff compensation.