Iron and Steel and Cotton Industries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 1st December 1931.

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Photo of Mr Henry Croft Mr Henry Croft , Bournemouth

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has received any report of abnormal imports of iron and steel manufactures during the last four weeks?

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Royton

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if be has received any recent reports that the imports into this country of foreign yarns and cotton piece goods are abnormal?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

The latest available figures of the imports of the commodities referred to are under consideration.

Photo of Mr Henry Croft Mr Henry Croft , Bournemouth

In view of the fact that the October imports exceed the September imports by 55,000 tons and that on the evidence, which appears to be accurate, there is a still further increase, does the right hon. Gentleman not realise the great urgency of this matter?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

That fact and all other facts are under consideration.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Does the right hon. Gentleman propose to make any statement to the House on the iron and steel situation before the adjournment for the Recess?

HON. MEMBERS:

Answer!

Mr. KI RKWOOD:

I do not think it is fair, Mr. Speaker, pressing the Minister in this way.