Canadian Typewriters (Import).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 4th May 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 the number of typewriters imported. from Canada for the periods of January to March, inclusive, for the years 1932 and 1933, respectively?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

The number of complete typewriters imported into the United Kingdom and registered as consigned from Canada during the first three months of the year was 503 in 1932 and 3,602 in 1933.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Does not this show conclusively that the Canadian corridor is being used for bringing foreign goods into this country? May I ask whether there is any machinery at all to prevent this being done through the manipulation of values being made at the Canadian place of acceptance?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

It is a little too early to draw exact deductions from these figures, and may I point out that the importation from all sources is less than half it was two years ago.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for the information, is it not the fact that whereas imports from foreign countries have gone down, they have increased from Canada because the foreigner is using the Canadian corridor?