Gas Mantles.

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 Kiley Mr James Kiley , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can explain why the decision of the referee under Part I of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, imposing a duty of 33⅓ per cent. on certain parts of gas mantles, has not been put into operation?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

The referee has been asked by the complainants, the manufacturers of gas mantles, to state a case for the consideration of the High Court. The referee has acceded to that request, and in the meantime the award has not been signed. Consequently, there is no decision which can be put into operation.

Photo of Mr James Kiley Mr James Kiley , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

Can the right hon. Gentleman give any idea as to when a conclusion will be reached?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I am afraid I cannot.