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Citrus Fruits (Preference)

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 October 1950

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what are his proposals with regard to the maintenance of the existing rate of Imperial Preference upon citrus fruits in view of the Conference upon the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs now being held.

Under the rules of procedure adopted by the Contracting Parties to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade who are at present negotiating at Torquay, I am not in a position to publish or otherwise furnish the information desired by the hon. Member. On the general issue of Imperial Preference, I would refer him to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Darwen (Mr. Prescott) on 27th April and, as the hon. Member will know, all questions involving individual preferences are discussed with the other Commonwealth countries concerned.