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Great Britain And India (Cotton-Piece Goods)

Volume 319: debated on Tuesday 2 February 1937

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, seeing that Indian mill-made cotton-piece goods are admitted to the markets of the British Colonial empire on terms of equality with the products of the United Kingdom cotton industry as a consequence of the reciprocal commercial agreement between the United Kingdom and India, he has any evidence to show that this arrangement has resulted in any advantage to the United Kingdom cotton nidustry?

It has been the general practice for many years to admit Indian and other overseas Empire goods into the Colonies on terms as favourable as those on which United Kingdom goods are admitted. The advantages to Indian trade of this practice are taken into account in any consideration of trade relations between India on the one hand and the United Kingdom and the Colonies on the other. My hon. and learned Friend will no doubt appreciate that it would not be possible to indicate any particular concessions as having been obtained by reference to this practice.