Japanese Hosiery and Underwear (Imports).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 7th May 1935.

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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 quantities of hose, stockings, and knitted underwear imported into the United Kingdom from Japan for the year ended 31st March, 1935, or the nearest convenient date, and the sterling value thereof; and the approximate estimate of employment that would have been provided by the manufacture of these goods in this country?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

I am circulating particulars of the imports in the OFFICIAL REPORT. As regards the second part of the question, I regret I am unable to give a reliable estimate of the kind desired.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of bringing the figure of the volume of imports to the notice of the Import Duties Advisory Committee?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

That, of course, will be done in the ordinary way.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Whatever delay there may be by the manufacturers in bringing this matter before the Advisory Com- mittee, will not the right hon. Gentleman protect the position of the workers by seeing that these facts are brought to their notice forthwith?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

I do not think it is necessary that the Board of Trade should intervene in this matter. If any inter

STATEMENT showing the quantity and declared value of hosiery (knitted, netted or crocheted goods) imported into the United Kingdom and registered during the year ended 31st March, 1935, as consigned from Japan (including Formosa).
Description.Quantity.Value.
Stockings and hose:Dozen pairs.£
Of cotton, or of which the chief value is cotton954,39089,328
Of wool, or of which the chief value is wool23,3036,675
Of silk, or of which the chief value is silk293382
Of artificial silk, or of which the chief value is artificial silk2,041438
Underwear:Dozen.
Of cotton, or of which the chief value is cotton698,568193,989
Of wool, or of which the chief value is wool1,5051,056
Of silk, or of which the chief value is silk25
Of artificial silk, or of which the chief value is artificial silkNilNil
Fancy and other hosiery, not elsewhere specified:
Of cotton, or of which the chief value is cotton125,21837,179
Of wool, or of which the chief value is wool26,22833,293
Of other textile materials400352