Mr. GIDEON MURRAY:11.
asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the aggregate monetary value of fabric gloves, not of leather, imported into the United Kingdom from January to December, 1921, and January to March, 1922, respectively, also of cotton yarns of counts not over 120's exported from the United Kingdom consigned to Germany for the same two periods?
The aggregate declared value of gloves of textile materials registered during the year 1921 as imported into the United Kingdom was £701,115 (including £631,273 consigned from Germany). The corresponding value for the three months ended 31st March, 1922, was £297,252 (including £275,403 consigned from Germany). These values are inclusive of unknown, but probably small amounts in respect of knitted, netted or crocheted gloves. The declared value of cotton yarns of counts not over 120's exported from the United Kingdom, registered as consigned to Germany, amounted to £3,435,487 in the year 1921, and to £950,958 in the three months ended 31st March, 1922.
|Gloves of woven fabric:—|
|Gloves, knitted, netted or crocheted, including gloves of knitted fabric:—|
|Of cotton or of which the chief value is cotton||655,828||467,745|
|Of wool or of which the chief value is wool||2,006||1,001|
|Of other textile materials (not woven)||40,058||31,311|
The members of the Committee which investigated the complaint by the manufacturers of fabric gloves and glove material have been asked to serve as a Committee to consider the representations made by the fine cotton spinning industry, and to report thereon to the Cabinet at such a date as will enable a decision to be arrived at on the Draft Order now before the House before the end of the Session.
Will the other Orders that have been made be similarly remitted to their Committee with a view to considering similar complaints from other industries, or is this a special case"
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider suspending the bringing into operation of other Orders until this Committee has reported on this special case?
The case is a special one for this reason: There was a great industry which technically has been ruled out from presenting its case to the Committee—
Whether by Act of Parliament or otherwise, it has been ruled out. That is the view taken by the Committee. The Cabinet felt that, where there was an industry like this, which had been ruled out, whether for a technical reason or otherwise, it was right that they should have that opportunity. There is no similar case that I am aware of.
Will the right hon. Gentleman, in view of the fact that the Committee acted upon this impression that, whether in consequence of an Act of Parliament or for some technical reason, they had to rule these people out, consider the advisability of amending legislation so that future Committees dealing with other things will not be under that impression, and will not need this special intervention of the Cabinet?
Will the right hon. Gentleman be prepared to consider the advisability of adding some names to this Committee, in view of the profound dissatisfaction which exists as to the alleged bias of their opinion?
Mr. G. MURRAY:69.
asked the Minister of Labour what was the number of persons of both sexes employed in the fabric glove industry (not including leather gloves) in the United Kingdom in June, 1921.; and what is the number of persons so employed at the present time?
I regret to inform my hon. Friend that the information which he desires is not available. Figures for the number of workers engaged in the manufacture of fabric gloves in July, 1921, and at; certain other dates are given in the published report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Fabric Glove Industry appointed by the Board of Trade under the Safeguarding of Industries Act. I am sending a copy of the Report to my hon. Friend.
Unfortunately, they are not available in detail, because, as I said in the House, I think last week, the figures, in the ordinary course, are not analysed out on these lines.