HC Deb 10 August 1914 vol 65 c2249

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a large number of men may be thrown out of work through calico printers, dyers, and other trades being unable to get raw material from Germany; whether he is aware that many necessary materials could be manufactured in this country, but the manufacturing processes are protected by patents held by German firms; whether, under the circumstances, licences can be granted to English firms to use these patents during the war, and so prevent workmen being thrown out of employment?


The Board of Trade have already taken power to deal with cases similar to those mentioned by my hon. Friend. The Board may make Regulations dealing with such things, and the matter is now under our active consideration.