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Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: Iron and Steel Industry. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: I presume that the committee to which the hon. Member refers is that which was appointed by the Board of Trade in 1916 to consider the position of the iron and steel trades after the War. Since the report of that committee was issued there has been a greater degree of co-operation between the units of the iron and steel industry for the purchase and distribution of iron-ore, both from Empire...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: Iron and Steel Industry. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: I believe the granting of leases for the mining of iron-ore in Australia is in the keeping of the Australian Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: Tramp Shipping Subsidy. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: No payments of subsidy for voyages or parts of voyages carried out in 1937 have been made. In this connection I would refer the hon. Member to paragraph 4 of the Memorandum on the Financial Resolution providing for the Continuance of the Tramp Shipping Subsidy (Cmd. 5357).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: Most-Favoured-Nation Clause. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: The terms of commercial treaties concluded by this country vary somewhat in relation to this matter but they commonly provide that the parties will not apply to goods produced or manufactured in each other's territory prohibitions or restrictions on importation which do not equally apply to like goods produced or manufactured in any other foreign country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: Germany. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: This point can only usefully be considered in relation to particular concrete cases, and does not lend itself to discussion by way of question and answer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: Germany. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: I have not had the privilege of reading through that portion of the Debates.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: Lancashire. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: Not yet, Sir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: Lancashire. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: At the earliest possible moment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: Film Industry. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: I am not in a position to add anything to the reply I gave on 22nd April to the hon. Member for East Dorset (Mr. Hall-Caine).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: Fixed Trusts. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: I cannot at present add to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Reigate (Mr. Touche) on 6th April.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: Fixed Trusts. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: I can only say that the Bill is in process of being prepared.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: War Risks Insurance. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: My right hon. Friend drew the attention of the deputation to the terms of the answer given in this House on 4th May to the hon. Member for Fairfield (Sir E. Brocklebank).

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1937.: Board of Trade. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: The speech to which we have just listened will make the Committee realise what an admirable international servant my hon. Friend was during the period when he was stationed at Geneva. I remember our relationship in those days, some 10 years ago, and I have no doubt that he also remembers the fact that the Resolutions which were passed in the Conference at Geneva in 1927 were passed almost...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1937.: Board of Trade. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: I do not think any great importance attaches to that. It is very obvious to anybody who has had experience of conducting tariff negotiations. A very distinguished economist and statesman in Europe said to me about two years ago, when I asked him why on earth he had taken his country into the tariff area, "Everybody is in the mad-house, and I cannot afford to be outside." That was the saying...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1937.: Board of Trade. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: It is extraordinarily difficult to follow the hon. Gentleman if he is really serious that when he laughs he is really mourning.

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1937.: Board of Trade. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: Let me turn to the speech of the hon. Member for Oxford University (Sir A. Salter). He made four practical suggestions. The first was that we should have a form of Imperial preference altered to suit the altered conditions of the times. He did not specify in detail—and one would not press him to do it—the form of preference, but said that it must be constantly under review. I agree that...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1937.: Board of Trade. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: My hon. Friend will remember that it amounted to almost total prohibition in many cases. In each case the form of prohibition was the result of the action of the Legislative Assemblies. It is true the Governors played their part, but the Legislative Assemblies were responsible. I only mention that in passing because it is related to the problem of competition from low-wage and low-standard...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1937.: Board of Trade. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: I would -point out that they would have been in a majority, and we would have been at the greatest disadvantage. Under such conditions we could not see our way to agree to the low-tariff club. I know that there are some people who seem to think that if only we had been in it at the start it would have spread over a wider area. I take the opposite view. If we had gone into it we should have...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1937.: Board of Trade. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: May I point out to the Committee in a short survey which I propose to give of our foreign trade policy at the present time, that we have to deal with a very difficult and awkward situation in many of our negotiations. It is impossible in the course of a debate to say openly and frankly what are the points over which there is a tussle going on in some committee room or another between our...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1937.: Board of Trade. (25 May 1937)

Mr Walter Runciman: I am in trouble with my hon. Friend, for I do not know whether he agrees with me or disagrees. When we are dealing with the representatives of America we have to be very definite. I had the privilege of hearing from inside with great candour exactly what they felt with regard to many of these negotiations. While I was on the other side of the Atlantic the agreement with Canada was reached and...


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