HC Deb 19 October 1915 vol 74 c1588

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that, with regard to licences for the exportation of goods to the United States of America, the War Trade Department and the Customs authorities are acting in apparent opposition to one another; that in spite of licences for export having been obtained from the War Trade Department the goods so licensed have been refused shipment in innumerable cases, and are still refused by the Customs authority; and what steps he will take to co-ordinate these two authorities and so prevent grave interference with trade and legitimate exports?


I very much regret that any difficulties of the kind alluded to should have occurred, and if the hon. Member will give me the actual facts of one or more of the cases he has in mind, I shall be very glad to inquire into them.