Hosiery Imports.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 29th March 1933.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that certain foreign countries are allowing money from public funds to meet the costs of production of stockings or other hosiery exported from those countries to this country; and whether, in view of the harm done to the Leicester and other manufacturers, rendering the present duties ineffective, he will say what steps he proposes to take in the interests of British trade and employment?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

I have no information which would suggest that foreign countries are using public funds in the manner suggested by my hon. Friend. The second part does not therefore arise.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

In view of what is considered by the trade to be a matter of great urgency in the interests of their own employment, will the Board of Trade deal with the matter forthwith if strong representations are made?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

We do little else but consider representations.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

In this case will my hon. Friend promise something more than consideration