HC Deb 26 October 1908 vol 194 cc1570-1

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been directed to the fact that the Canadian Manufacturers' Association is officially representing to the Canadian Government that British manufacturers are taking advantage of the Canadian public by exporting to Canada cloths which are shoddy and rubbish; whether he is aware that it was owing to similar representations that the Canadian Manufacturers' Association in 1904 was able to obtain the practical abolition of the preference on British Woollens, the minimum duty on which is now as high as 30 per cent.; and whether he is taking any steps to counteract the renewed misrepresentations.

(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) My attention has been directed to this matter. The duty leviable on British woollen cloths and clothing is correctly stated. I have no reason to believe that the allegations which appeared in the official organ of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association have any foundation: and I understand that the Secretary of the Association has cabled an expression of regret for any injustice that may have been done to British manufacturers by the publication of them. I am of opinion, however, that such misrepresentations can best be met by action on the part of the chambers of commerce in the home district concerned.