HC Deb 11 May 1900 vol 82 c1371

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he proposes to take to control the importation of, or to exclude china and earthenware manufactured abroad in countries whore there is no restriction as to the use of materials, and where there is no legislative protection for the workers in practical operation.


Any steps in the direction indicated by ray hon. friend could not logically stop at china and earthenware; and the question of controlling or prohibiting the importation of articles manufactured in foreign countries where the workers may not enjoy the same statutory protection as those engaged in similar trades in England is a very large one, and I do not see my way to embarking upon it. I may add that it is a matter in which I have no direct powers.