§ 50. Mr. HASLAM
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the difficulty that English companies have experienced for some months in obtaining quotations for electrical plant from German firms; and can he state whether this condition is due to electrical firms in Germany being too heavily engaged owing to the urgent demand for German home purposes, and also for the needs of neutral countries?
§ Mr. BALDWIN
My attention had not previously been drawn to the particular matter mentioned by my hon. Friend. As regards the second part of the question, I understand that many branches of the electrical industry are actively engaged on home and also, to some extent, foreign orders.