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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?