French Optical Goods.

Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act. – in the House of Commons on 26th June 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 whether he is now in a position to state the result of his investigation into the statement made by a large exporting house of French optical goods that their turnover in these goods had been seriously affected by a duty of 33⅓ per cent. imposed upon French optical goods, which he formerly exported to Australia and other British Dominions, which trade was now being done from France direct instead of viâ London as hitherto; and can he state the result of his investigation into the statement of another manufacturer that his trade with the United States and Canada had been affected owing to his inability to obtain drawback on opera glasses which he fitted into bags?

Photo of Sir William Mitchell-Thomson Sir William Mitchell-Thomson , Glasgow Maryhill

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which was given to him on the 19th June, to which I have at present nothing to add.