§ MR. PARKES (Birmingham, Central)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the manner in which South African trade is being absorbed by Foreign nations; and whether he will take steps, in conjunction with the Governments of South Africa, by the publication of circulars showing the requirements of the districts or otherwise to assist British manufacturers to obtain a share of this trade.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Chamberlain.) (1) I am not aware that the bulk of the South African trade is being absorbed by Foreign nations. (2) I have, however, observed statements in the Press that large orders have recently been placed with foreign firms, and I am instructing the Governments of the South African Colonies as to the best steps to be taken to assist British trade, but I feel that British manufacturers must depend chiefly on their own enterprise and intelligence to secure their full share of the South African trade.