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Tariff Truce

Volume 244: debated on Tuesday 11 November 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what countries have yet ratified the tariff truce up to date?

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply I gave on 4th November to the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Woolwich, West (Sir K. Wood). Since that date Luxemburg has also ratified.

As only a few countries have ratified, and those are not of first importance, will the right hon. Gentleman give instructions to our representatives at Geneva next week not to tie our hands on this question more than they are at present tied?

I have already dealt with that question in the House, but I would say to the hon. Member that other

Information as to the imports into and exports from Germany through the port of Hamburg is not available, but the following table gives the corresponding information for Germany as a whole with regard to the goods mentioned in the question—

STATEMENT showing the Imports into and Exports from Germany of the undermentioned commodities during the years 1926, 1927 and 1929, and the period January to September, 1930
(A) Imports.
Article.1926192719291930 Jan.—Sept.
Sweetmeats and other sugar goods.1,709122,144162,449161,77210
Non-baked articles mixed with sugar, such as articles of basorin or tragacanth gum mixed with sugar; kernels of fruit, spices, chestnuts, kitchen vegetables, nuts, fruits, seeds, southern fruit peels, southern fruits and other plants or parts of plants, coated with sugar (candied, iced).8,893556,834404,340272,53315
Chocolate and chocolate substitutes.3,7734011,55610713,9951037,51955
Articles of chocolate and chocolate substitutes, cocoa-wares, even mixed with spices or medicinal sub-stances or the like.2,840304,220442,925301,87819

countries may still ratify, and let us await the outcome of that.

Can the right hon. Gentleman throw any light on the attitude of San Marino towards this treaty?