Cotton Industry (Exports to India).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 30th November 1931.

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Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Royton

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in the interests of the Lancashire cotton industry, he proposes to take any steps to improve the trade in cotton goods with India?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

My hon. Friend may rest assured that His Majesty's Government is aware of the situation in regard to our trade with India and will take all desirable steps that lie within its power to increase the trade of the United Kingdom. In this connection I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Stockport (Mr. Hammersley) on 19th November, 1931, a copy of which I am sending to him.

Photo of Mr John Remer Mr John Remer , Macclesfield

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman consider making representations to the Indian Government for putting a higher duty on foreign cloth than that charged on British cloth?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

That is a matter which does not fall under my Department.