Imports (Sweated Labour).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 27th January 1931.

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Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if it is still the intention of the Government to rely solely on international negotiations to prevent the dumping in this country of goods made by sweated labour?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

I fear I can add nothing to previous answers on this subject.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Is it not a fact that there is no international agreement in regard to the meaning of sweated labour?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

It would be idle to deny that progress by international agreement is very slow, but the alternative suggestion by hon. Members opposite, which is either a tariff or prohibition would, in my view, aggravate the disease.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Can the right hon. Gentleman point to a single trade that has benefited by the procedure during the 20 months of his office?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

. Not without notice, but I have no hesitation in saying that certain progress has been made.

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

Is not the policy of prohibition, which the President of the Board of Trade has just denounced, the policy which was defended in "Labour and the Nation"?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

That is not the position. My right hon. Friend has, I think, misread that very valuable document.

Mr. KIRKWOO'D:

Is it not the case that there is plenty of sweated labour in Britain at the moment, and that hon. Members opposite are doing all they can to make it worse sweated?