§ 52. Mr. KEATING
asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that shipping space to the extent of nearly 2,000,000 cubic feet was taken up by the importation in 1916 of tyres from other countries, representing about 50,000 tons; that British manufacturers are able to meet the demands for tyres for all purposes connected with the War; and will he consider the advisability of saving this tonnage?
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. This matter was most carefully considered by the Committee on Import Restrictions, but in view of international considerations in regard to the importation and exportation of rubber and manufactures of rubber the Committee advised that it was undesirable to impose the suggested prohibition.