49. Lieutenant-Colonel Sir F. HALL
asked the Prime Minister what are the proposals of the Government for giving effect to the policy outlined by him on the 2nd November, 1918, to secure the protection of British industries from the results that would follow from the unrestricted Importation of goods manufactured in cheap labour-producing countries such as Japan; whether he will say if it is intended to take such steps as will ensure that imported goods shall not have an advantage over home manufactures by reason of the labour costs of their production being on a lower basis than British labour costs; if in view of the fact that the arrangement with respect to the licensed restriction for twelve months of imports expired on the 22nd February, 1919, he will inform the House what system has since been followed in regard to the limitation of imports; and whether steps will be taken to facilitate imports which are necessary for the time being to assist certain branches of British manufactures?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the statements made on Monday last by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Reconstruction, and my hon. Friend the Parliamentary (Secretary to the Board of Trade.
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
I can give no further answer to that which was given on Monday. That was a much better opportunity for giving information than by question and answer across the floor of the House.
Sir F. HALL
But does the right hon. Gentleman recognise that these questions are in consequence of the statement made in the House?