Draft Orders.

Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act. – in the House of Commons on 10th July 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 Prime Minister whether he is aware of the profound dissatisfaction caused to traders whose interests are affected by the draft Orders under the Safeguarding of Industries Act and that it is alleged that the-decisions of the Committee have been arrived at against the weight of evidence submitted; and whether he is prepared to receive deputations from the traders concerned, provided that they bring definite information in justification of their contention?

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

I am satisfied that the Committee have given the most careful and impartial consideration to all the evidence submitted to them within the scope of their terms of reference. I am not prepared to take the course suggested in the last part of the question.

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

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a minority and a majority report, which differ entirely with regard to one of these Committees, and there is considerable dissatisfaction amongst those who have been before the Committee as to the position? Is there no appeal whatever by these people?

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

I daresay there is a majority and a minority report, but so there is practically in every deliberative body. We must, I think, adhere to the decision of the majority.