HC Deb 13 February 1922 vol 150 cc569-70
19. Lieut. - Colonel GUINNESS

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that pocket safety-razors made in Germany, and which are a copy of the Gillette safety-razor blade-holder, are sold, silver-plated and in a nickel box, at 1s. retail and 8d. wholesale as compared with 16s. 6d. retail for the Gillette production; and whether, under the Safeguarding of Industries Act, these articles of German production are subject to the 33⅓ duty for dumped goods?


My attention had not previously been drawn to the circumstances described in the first part of the question. It is, of course, open to the industry manufacturing these goods in this country to formulate a complaint to the Board of Trade under Part II of the Safeguarding of Industries Act; and I am sending my hon. and gallant Friend papers showing the nature of the evidence which will probably in most cases suffice to establish a primâ facie case under Section 2 (1) (b) of the Act.

Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS

Have the industries taken advantage of this power in any large number of cases?


I could not tell without notice how many, but we have had a number of cases brought to our notice. As I have just stated, in answer to a previous question, 5 Committees have been set up to deal with certain cases.


What duty do these razors pay?


I cannot answer that off hand.