HC Deb 27 June 1916 vol 83 cc730-1
84. Sir R. COOPER

asked the President of the Board of Trade if the importation of British mineral waters into France is prohibited, whilst the importation of French mineral waters are permitted free import into the United Kingdom; and will he say what steps the Board of Trade intend to take to protect British mineral water manufacturers from the damage that is being done to this British industry?


The importation into France of medicinal mineral waters is prohibited. I understand that the French authorities will be prepared to give favourable consideration +o applications for licences to import such waters from the United Kingdom, and if the hon. Member will furnish me with particulars of any cases in which licences have been refused I will have inquiry made.


Are not the mineral water manufacturers under the belief that under the regulations that have been issued they are prohibited at the present time from exporting entirely?


I cannot speak for the belief of the mineral water manufacturers.