§ 41. Mr. BOOTH
asked the President of the Board of Trade if any expenses have been incurred out of public funds in holding meetings soliciting shares in British 1392 Dyes, Limited, and how those costs have been met; what is the estimated cost of advertising the share issue; and is any brokerage to be paid for placing capital?
No expense has been incurred out of public funds in holding meetings in connection with British Dyes, Limited. I am informed that the estimated cost of advertising is £1,450, and that no brokerage is to be paid for placing capital.
I understand that the expense of holding meetings in connection with British Dyes, Limited, has been defrayed by people and associations who are interested in the use of dyes.
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
Will the right hon. Gentleman give the names of the directors representing the Government on this company and the pay they are receiving?
§ 43. Mr. JOWETT
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give particulars of the steps he has taken, if any, to facilitate the conveyance of crude by products from this country to Switzerland for the purpose of being manufactured into aniline dyes?
An official consignor has been appointed to systematise shipments from this country, and to deal with the difficulties of transport by land and sea, which, owing to the congestion arising out of the War, have naturally been considerable. I am glad to say that, owing to his efforts, the shipping difficulties have, it is believed, been largely overcome. The Railway Executive Committee are giving facilities for dispatch of the materials in question on railways in this country, and the French Government have granted facilities in respect of transit through France. Further steps to ensure 1393 the expeditious interchange of products are now under consideration, and the formation of the new Dye Company will, I hope, greatly simplify the problem.