asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the industries that had the opportunity of personal application to the Tariff Advisory Committee before the application of the recent duties; whether any such industries were requested to attend; and whether any, and how many, submitted written applications for consideration?
I should not feel justified in asking the Advisory Committee for returns of applications such as my hon. Friend suggests. I would, however, remind him that the Committee considered it essential to review the position on the basis of the information already collected by the Board of Trade in recent years, supplemented by such inquiries of a general character as they were able to make in the time available. They are now ready to consider, without avoidable delay, any applications for adjustment of the duties imposed within the general framework set up in their first recommendations.
The advisory committee stated publicly that they are ready to consider any applications. I should not attempt to dictate to them how they should consider applications and how applications should be made. Anybody interested should approach the committee without delay.
It will not be possible for me to give any such assurance, but the advisory committee, immediately on receiving representations from the woollen trade, asked that trade to submit particulars.