German Dyes (Import Licences).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 6th April 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 is aware that licences to import special German dyes are withheld on the grounds that such German dyes are available in this country and that such persons requiring licences must purchase these first; and whether he has sanctioned this prohibition?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

I am aware that licences are not granted for the importation of German dyestuffs when there are in this country stocks of the same dyestuffs available to the applicants; and I see no reason why licences should be granted in such circumstances.

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

If the user wants that dye, why should he go to anybody else and pay a bigger price than he did before?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

When there are plentiful supplies of those dyes already available in this country there is no reason to encourage a further flood of German dyes which are not necessary.

Photo of Major Murdoch Wood Major Murdoch Wood , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Central

Is the price charged for these dyes produced in this country greater than the price at which they can be obtained from Germany?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

There is a discrepancy in price, and the hon. Member is possibly aware that the high price is charged by Germany for those dyes which cannot be produced in this country.

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

Why should not the manufacturer be able to get his dyes at the cheapest possible price, whether they are made in this country or not?

Sir P.LLOYD-GREAME:

Because, as a very distinguished calico printer pointed out in this House when my hon. Friend tried to repeal the Act, the dye industry is a vital industry to the calico printers and this country.