The existing rule prescribes that manufactured goods consigned from the Empire, in order to enjoy free entry or preferential treatment, must October, 1932, respectively; and to what foreign countries was this bromine exported?
contain at least 25 per cent. of Empire labour and material. The only exceptions hitherto made to this rule have been in regard to sugar and tobacco, to which special considerations apply, and in respect of optical glass and optical elements which is also a special case for which a requirement of 75 per cent. has been laid down. The question of increasing the 25 per cent. requirement in respect of certain classes of goods is at present under active consideration.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is great anxiety on this question and that unless the Empire content is increased much more than 25 per cent. a great deal of the value of the duty imposed by the Imports Duties Act will be lost to this country?
Can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that there is no truth in the allegation that the Canadian corridor is being used by the United States as a means of evading the duty?