Hosiery Imports.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 13th November 1934.

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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, in view of the present large imports of foreign-made hosiery and stockings, he will introduce a Measure for the prohibition of all such imports from countries where-the standards of labour are such as to, constitute unfair competition with British labour?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

No, Sir, there is no reason to think that the home market cannot be adequately protected under the existing procedure.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Has the right hon. Gentleman had brought to his notice the great influx of hosiery from countries which have no proper standard of life, and, if I can satisfy him that there is this influx, which is so well known to the workers, will he ask the Import Duties Advisory Committee to take immediate steps to give some protection to the people engaged in the industry more than the small duties that now prevail?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

I am quite sure that, if the facts that the hon. Member states are brought to the notice of the Committee, they will give them consideration at once.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Has the right hon. gentleman's attention been brought to the fact that these goods come in here far below the cost of production in this country and that it is obvious that a small duty has no real effect in stopping this influx of sweated goods.