Fabric Gloves and Cotton Yarn.

Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr Donald Maclean Mr Donald Maclean , Peebles and Southern

(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether the Cabinet has reconsidered, or intends to reconsider, their decision to proceed with the draft Order under Part II of the Safeguarding of Industries Act?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

Certain representations by a very important and influential deputation received yesterday from the Lancashire cotton industry against the inclusion of one particular item in the draft Order are being considered by the Cabinet. The deputation has been given an opportunity to furnish further information, and the final decision of the Government in the matter will be announced as soon as possible.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Has the Prime Minister's attention been directed to the fact that the evidence taken by this Committee is now six months old and is rapidly losing its value if the decision is postponed much longer?

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

Will the whole of the draft Order be postponed with the other articles mentioned in the Schedule?

Lieut.-Colonel ARCHFR-SHEE:

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, owing to the delay in issuing this Order, large numbers of German gloves are being sent into the country, thereby throwing out of work large numbers of English workmen and women?

Photo of Mr Donald Maclean Mr Donald Maclean , Peebles and Southern

Is the consideration of the Cabinet only to be applied to one of the articles in the draft Order or to all of them?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

The deputation was in reference to one particular item. We promised to consider the statements and figures they placed before us and these had reference to one item alone.

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

Will the right hon. Gentleman be prepared to receive deputations from those concerned in the other commodities?

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

When may we expect the decision of the Cabinet?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

The deputation promised to send a full statement of particulars in the course of the next few days. It depends upon them. As soon as we receive those particulars we shall consider them and come to a decision.

Photo of Major-General John Seely Major-General John Seely , Ilkeston

Will the House have an opportunity of discussing this matter, which gravely affects a large number of workmen residing in constituencies, one of which is my own?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

I understand that the Order must be discussed by the House of Commons.

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

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that if this Order is made in the Recess it is not necessary to bring it before the House? Can we have a pledge that no Order in respect of these articles will be brought into force before the House has had an opportunity of discussing it?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

I think it is fair that the House ought to have an opportunity of discussion. I pressed the deputation yesterday to send us the information as soon as possible, because I feel that the House ought to have an opportunity, before the Adjournment, of discussing the matter.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Will the Orders relating to the other articles await the decision on the fabric gloves article?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

I believe they are all in one Order. Therefore, they must wait.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that over 22,000 operatives engaged in the Bolton textile industry have signed a petition protesting against the proposed duty on imported fabric gloves; and, if so, whether he can make a statement on the subject?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I have no statement to make on the subject at present.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

While the right hon. Gentleman is receiving representations from manufacturers and employers, will he give due weight to the opinion of the operatives, as well, on this important matter?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I always endeavour to give due weight to everything that is put before me.