HC Deb 03 April 1922 vol 152 cc1805-6

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the fact that, in order to facilitate entry into certain markets, German firms are establishing depots under Dutch names at different centres in Holland to which German-made goods are consigned for the purpose of re-export as Dutch goods; and whether he will make friendly representations to the Dutch Government urging that in such cases a declaration as to the country of origin should be clearly indicated?


I am aware that German goods are often consigned to this country by firms established in Holland, and it is not unlikely that some of these firms are connected with German houses, but I have not had any evidence that such

of British exports for the same years to the United States, Switzerland, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, and Spain?


The answer involves a Table of figures which, with the permission of the House, I will have printed in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the table:

The following statement shows the value of exports of United Kingdom produce and manufactures to the under-mentioned countries in 1913 and 1921, together with the average value per head of the population of the respective countries.

goods are sold here under descriptions implying a Dutch origin, nor am I aware of any grounds on which representations in the matter could be made to the Dutch Government.


May I send the right hon. Gentleman one or two illustrations on this point?


I shall be very pleased to receive them.