HC Deb 20 February 1922 vol 150 c1485
21. Mr. KILEY

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can explain why the decision of the referee under Part I of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, imposing a duty of 33⅓ per cent. on certain parts of gas mantles, has not been put into operation?


The referee has been asked by the complainants, the manufacturers of gas mantles, to state a case for the consideration of the High Court. The referee has acceded to that request, and in the meantime the award has not been signed. Consequently, there is no decision which can be put into operation.


Can the right hon. Gentleman give any idea as to when a conclusion will be reached?


I am afraid I cannot.