HC Deb 15 August 1887 vol 319 c488
MR. WOOTTON ISAACSON (Tower Hamlets, Stepney)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he is aware that a large number of workmen have recently been thrown out of employment in the East End owing to the failure of a sugar refinery establishment; and, whether he is taking any steps to alter the law relating to foreign bounties on sugar?

THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr, GOSCHEN)(who replied) (St. George's, Hanover Square)

said: The Government have no official information, but have learnt with regret that a refinery has lately been closed in the East End, causing the discharge of a considerable number of work people. We shall continue to do our best, by means of negotiation, to induce Foreign Governments to abandon the injurious system of bounties. There are, of course, no laws in this country affecting the question.