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Indian Cotton Tariff

Volume 236: debated on Thursday 6 March 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, having regard to the serious effect the proposed increase in the Indian cotton tariff will have on the Lancashire cotton industry and employment in that industry, he will consider the desirability of making representations to His Majesty's Indian Government that the proposals for such increase shall not be proceeded with?

As the hon. Member will have seen from the Press reports of Sir G. Schuster's speech in the Indian Legislative Assembly last Friday, His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom have already done everything possible in the way of representations in this matter. I would add that, though I fully realise the grave effect which this increase of duties may have on the trade of Lancashire, I appreciate also the proposal of the Indian Government to ask the Legislative Assembly to assent to preferential treatment for this country.