asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he will issue a schedule of goods of foreign origin which have come into this country via Canada on preferential terms for the quarter ended 31st March, or the nearest convenient date; and whether the entry of such goods after a certain percentage of Canadian labour has been expended thereupon will be on the agenda for revision at the forthcoming Ottawa Conference?
As regards the first part of the question, goods may be admitted to preference on importation into this country only on satisfactory proof being given that they have been consigned to this country from a part of the British Empire and (with certain exceptions) that at least 25 per cent. of the value is derived from materials grown or produced or from work done in a part of the British Empire. If, as I assume, the hon. Member means by goods of foreign origin goods manufactured in Canada from foreign material, I regret it would not be possible to give the particulars required. As regards the second part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for Keighley (Captain Watt) on 1st March.
Has not the attention of my right hon. Friend been called to continuous abuses of this concession through semi-manufactured articles from foreign countries being introduced into the Dominions and sent on to this country? In view of the unfair competition of those goods with the products of this country, will he bring the matter before the Ottawa Conference?