HC Deb 10 April 1922 vol 153 cc7-8
17. Mr. KILEY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the evidence given before the Safeguarding of Industries Committee of Inquiry by one of the principal manufacturers of British dolls to the effect that he anticipated that British manufacturers would always have to import dolls' eyes from Germany or France; and whether, in view of this evidence, he will state why a tax on imported dolls' eyes is still imposed under an Act for the safeguarding of British industries?


I understand that one manufacturer did make a statement of the nature indicated by the hon. Member, but I am not disposed to base policy on the prophecy of a single individual unsupported by any detailed evidence.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this man is a manufacturer who is compelled to import these goods? How can he import them in competition with other manufacturers who have not paid this duty?


That does not affect my answer.


Does this interesting statement also apply to Teddy bears?