§ 14. Mr. A. M. SAMUEL (for Sir K. WOOD)
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can give the House any information concerning a trade agreement between Germany and Rumania; and whether there is any provision made for preferential treatment to Rumanian agrarian products by Germany?
§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
I understand that the commercial treaty between Germany and Rumania has not yet been signed, but that it is proposed to make provision for preferential treatment in Germany of Rumanian barley and maize, and for reductions in the Rumanian tariff on certain industrial products. These latter will be extended to similar goods of other foreign countries which, like the United Kingdom, have most-favoured-nation rights in Rumania. Full details of this treaty are not yet available, but particulars will be published in the Board of Trade Journal when received.
§ Mr. SAMUEL
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these most-favoured-nation Clauses are perfectly useless to us?
§ Mr. SAMUEL
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the British Chamber of Commerce in Paris has already stated that these Clauses are of no use to us?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
I have already replied to my hon. Friend on that point, and have shown that that statement was based on what I regard as a complete misconception of the conditions.