HC Deb 13 November 1917 vol 99 cc216-7
59. Mr. CLANCY

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the War Trade Department of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that Messrs. Smyth, of Balbriggan, county of Dublin, booked considerable orders last spring through .a firm in Freeport, Copenhagen, for very high-class hosiery, and that licences were duly issued in August to export the goods so ordered by the Department mentioned; that, on being informed in October by the shipping company by whom the goods were to be sent to Denmark that they were unable to ship them then and that fresh licences should be obtained, Messrs. Smyth duly applied for a renewal of the licences and were refused; and, seeing that the goods in question are of a perishable nature and would be easily ruined by exposure to damp and even depreciated in value by remaining an unduly long time in packing cases, whether fresh licences will now be issued and this Irish industry so saved from injury?

Viscount WOLMER (Assistant Director, War Trade Department)

This question appeared in the Notice Paper on Thursday, the 8th instant, and was answered by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Blockade. I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given as printed in the OFFICIAL REPORT (Vol. 98, No. 137, col. 2316).