Belgian Bricks (Imports).

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

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Photo of Hon. John Stourton Hon. John Stourton , Salford South

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can state the number of bricks imported from Belgium during the past 12 months to the nearest convenient date, and during the previous year?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

During the 12 months ended 30th September, 1934, the number of bricks of brick earth or clay imported into the United Kingdom and consigned from Belgium was 283,868,000. During the preceding 12 months the number was 165,892,000.

Photo of Hon. John Stourton Hon. John Stourton , Salford South

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that brick imports from foreign countries have increased from 57,000,000 in 1922 and 159,000,000 in 1933 to the enormous total of 231,000,000 in the first nine months of this year? This is a most unsatisfactory state of affairs since these bricks could have been made at home to provide work for our own people.

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

All these facts should be brought before the notice of the Import Duties Advisory Committee.

Photo of Hon. John Stourton Hon. John Stourton , Salford South

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the matter is an urgent one?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

If representations are made to the Committee, I am sure they will lose no time in dealing with them.

Photo of Mr Henry White Mr Henry White , Birkenhead East

Has the right hon. Gentleman any information as to a shortage of bricks in this country?

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Is it a fact that there is too much work put upon the shoulders of the Import Duties Advisory Committee?

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

That is quite a different subject.