Imported Goods (Permanent Panels).

Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act. – in the House of Commons on 20th February 1922.

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Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can give the names of the gentlemen appointed by him to consider applications under Part II of the Safeguarding of Industries Act for the imposition of duty on imported goods; and can he at the same time state what professions, businesses, or organisations these gentlemen are connected with?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I am having printed in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the members of the Permanent Panel appointed under Section 7 of the Act, from which Committees of five are selected from time to time to hold inquiries under Part II of the Act. Of the 45 members of the panel 33 are persons of commercial or industrial experience, while the remainder are specially fitted for this kind of work by their legal, economic, or administrative qualifications. All the members are appointed on their personal qualifications, and not as representing any particular interest, and I think it might be misleading to publish officially a list purporting to label them as connected with particular professions, businesses, or organisations.

Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

As these inquiries concern these particular businesses, why is the right hon. Gentleman not willing to publish the trades and professions to which they belong?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I think the names are very familiar to those who move in the businesses—

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I think so; but I will consider the question, though I can assure my hon. Friend that there are difficulties in labelling people officially.

Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

Does not the right hon. Gentleman see that this means instability? If the result of these inquiries is to convince people whose businesses are being inquired into, they ought to know that they are not being exploited by people in the same business.

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I quite recognise that; but I should have thought my hon. Friend desired stability in any case.

Photo of Sir Arthur Benn Sir Arthur Benn , Plymouth Drake

Has the right hon. Gentleman had any complaints about these names?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

Not yet

Following is the list mentioned:—

PANEL UNDER PART II OF THE SAFE-GUARDING OF INDUSTRIES ACT.

  • Sir W. M. Acworth,
  • J. Arthur Aiton, C.B.E.,
  • Sir Thomas W. Allen,
  • Professor Sir William Ashley, Ph.D.,
  • Arthur Balfour, J.P.,
  • Sir George S. Barnes, K.G.B., K.C.S.I.,
  • Sir John N. Barran, Bt.,
  • Alderman J. Beard,
  • F. J. Blakemore, F.G.I.,
  • J. T. Brownlie, C.B.E.,
  • Sir Cecil L. Budd, K.B.E.,
  • Sir James C. Calder, C.B.E.,
  • Dr. J. H. Clapham, C.B.E.,
  • T. P. Cook, J.P.,
  • F. R. Davenport,
  • A. K. Davies,
  • Frank P. Dorizzi,
  • Rayner Goddard,
  • Professor Sir E. C. K. Gonner, K.B.E.,
  • A. E. Holmes,
  • Alexander Johnston, J.P.,
  • Sir George R. Lowndes, K.C.S.I., K.C.,
  • Professor D. H. Macgregor,
  • Stanley Machin, J.P.,
  • J. F. Mason, J.P.,
  • Frank Moore,
  • G. A. Moore,
  • J. W. Murray, D.L.,
  • Sir Douglas Newton, K.B.E.,
  • Owen Parker, C.B.E., J.P.,
  • R. G. Perry, C.B.E.,
  • Arthur Pugh,
  • E. W. Rainer,
  • Sir R. Henry Rew, K.C.B.,
  • James Rowan, J.P.,
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  • O. A. Russell, K.C.,
  • T. H. Ryland, J.P.,
  • Arthur Shaw,
  • H. G. Spicer,
  • Sir Charles Stewart, K.B.E.,
  • Sir Edwin F. Stockton, J.P.,
  • H. L. Symonds,
  • Gilbert C. Vyle,
  • Sir Frank Warner, K.B.E.,
  • Provost A. B. Weir.

Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Reports of the committees appointed by him under Part II of the Safeguarding of Industries Act will be published; whether he can state if, in the event of a disagreement, the Report of the majority will be accepted; and whether, if the evidence is only heard by two or three Members of the panel, the absent Members are entitled to vote on evidence which they have not heard?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

It is proposed to present the Reports to Parliament, and to publish them in the ordinary course. With regard to the second part of the question, it will be the duty of the Board of Trade to consider the Reports, and due weight will of course be attached to any disagreement. With regard to the last part, I would remind the hon. Member that shorthand notes are taken of the evidence heard before Committees, and Members who have been absent from any meeting or meetings are able to make themselves fully acquainted with the evidence at those meetings by means of the written transcript.

Photo of Hon. Alexander Shaw Hon. Alexander Shaw , Kilmarnock

Has the right hon. Gentleman arrived at an estimate of the cost of the shorthand notes of these proceedings before these Committees?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

It would be very easy to ascertain it if my hon. Friend desires.