HC Deb 05 March 1917 vol 91 c9

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to prevent the inclusion by the Director of National Service amongst non-essential trades of the manufactures which the exhibition promoted by his Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum is designed to encourage?


All firms exhibiting at the British Industries Fair were expressly warned that allotment of space could not be held to imply any guarantee that the firm concerned would be able to keep their labour should it be required for national purposes. The Board of Trade are in close touch with the Director-General of National Service as regards the preparation of lists of non-essential trades.

9. Mr. KILEY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the restriction of the imports of timber and the commandeering of home-grown soft timber, as well as the restriction of paper, cardboard, tin lead, etc., special facilities will be given to the manufacturers taking orders at the exhibition held under the auspices of the Board of Trade at the Imperial Institute to obtain supplies of material; or, if not, will the Department consider applications for the return of a proportion of the charge which he has made for space to exhibitors whose difficulties in executing orders arise from the above restrictions?


The answer to both parts of the question is in the negative.