HC Deb 17 March 1919 vol 113 cc1696-7

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that Japanese cotton operatives are em- ployed twelve hours per day for an average pay throughout the mill of 1s. 6¼d. per day per person; that the Japanese millowner employs his machinery an average of 144 hours per week; and whether, in view of this competition, he has any proposals to make to assist those engaged in the cotton trade in this country to maintain their trade?


The hon. Member is doubtless referring to the import of Japanese cotton hosiery. There is a restriction on the import of all such hosiery. The question as to the rate of import to be allowed is now under consideration.