Picture Mouldings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act. – in the House of Commons on 19th June 1922.

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Photo of Mr Samuel Galbraith Mr Samuel Galbraith , Spennymoor

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has received an application to impose a duty on imported picture mouldings; and, if so, in view of the uncertainty that exists in the picture and photograph frame trade, will he make an early announcement on this matter?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to a similar question asked by the hon. Member for Leigh on the 22nd May.

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

Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that when an announcement is made in a trade paper about application being made to impose a duty, it creates a certain amount of unrest and concern to that trade? Why cannot he make an announcement when he comes to a decision?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I do not agree with the hon. Member. A great many announcements appear and are taken for what they are worth.

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

Did the right hon. Gentleman not make a reference to the imposition of duty on a certain article and to the import of that article, showing the results of such an announcement?

Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

Does my right hon. Friend's last answer apply to Government announcements?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I think the remark was of general application.