Part Ii.

Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act. – in the House of Commons on 27th February 1922.

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Photo of Mr George Terrell Mr George Terrell , Chippenham

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether Part II of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, which deals with the collapsed exchanges and dumping, has yet been brought into operation; if not, will he state the reason for the delay; and is he aware that the complaints which have been made as to the administration of the Act are mainly by persons who are engaged in importing German goods and who by reason of the Act are deprived of some portion of their profit?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, but no Orders have yet been made. I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave him on this subject on the 13th February. As regards the last part of the question, which presumably relates to Part I of the Act, the great majority of complaints under Section 1 (5) have come from associations of traders, and complaints as to the general administration of the Act have also come mainly from persons engaged in the import trade.

Photo of Mr George Terrell Mr George Terrell , Chippenham

Can the right hon. Gentleman now state the reason for the delay, or whether he intends to make any Orders under Part II?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I do not think there is any undue delay. The making of an Order requires a great deal of careful consideration.

Photo of Mr George Terrell Mr George Terrell , Chippenham

Is not the consideration given on the Committee stage of the application?