Foreign Motor Tyres (British Factories).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 27th July 1927.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury , Chelmsford

44.

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many foreign firms have started, or have made arrangements to start, new factories in this country for the manufacture of motor tyres since the imposition of a duty on foreign motor tyres?

Photo of Sir Robert Chadwick Sir Robert Chadwick , Wallasey

References have recently appeared in the Press to proposals by two foreign companies, or branches of foreign companies, to start new factories in this country for the manufacture of motor tyres. Another foreign company made similar arrangements last year.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury , Chelmsford

Can the hon. Member say what are the names of those three companies?

Photo of Mr William Kelly Mr William Kelly , Rochdale

Did I understand the hon. Gentleman to state that one company has decided since the imposition of the duty on the opening of a factory here?

Photo of Sir Robert Chadwick Sir Robert Chadwick , Wallasey

I do not say that the company which has opened a factory here made a decision to open here since the imposition of the duty.

Photo of Sir Basil Peto Sir Basil Peto , Barnstaple

May I ask whether this was not a case of intelligent anticipation?

Photo of Mr Frederick Macquisten Mr Frederick Macquisten , Argyll

Is it not the case that Messrs. Goodyear said they were astonished that we had not done it long ago and that they would have opened long ago?

Photo of Mr William Kelly Mr William Kelly , Rochdale

Is it not a fact that Messrs. Goodyear have got a factory here?