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?
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.
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.
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.