HC Deb 01 May 1922 vol 153 cc946-7
10. Mr. HOGGE

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of any price-fixing arrangements being in force amongst the manufacturers comprising the association which is seeking protection against importations of wire nails from Germany; and, if so, whether these have been taken into account by him in referring the complaint to a Committee under Part II of the Safeguarding of Industries Act?


I have no information as to any agreements of the kind suggested by the hon. Member. In any event, I do not think their existence would be a reason for refusing to refer to a Committee of Inquiry under the Safeguarding of Industries Act a complaint in accordance with the provisions of that Act.

14. Mr. C. WHITE

asked the President of the Board of Trade what quantity of wire nails were imported into this country during the six months ended 31st March; what proportion of the total amount came from Germany; and can he give the figures showing the quantity and value imported during the year 1913?


The answer can most conveniently be given in the form of a table which, with the permission of the House, I will have printed in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the table promised:

The following statement shows the quantity and value of wire nails registered during the under-mentioned periods as imported into the United Kingdom, distinguishing the imports from Germany:

—— Quantity. Value.
(a) Imports of Wire Nails (including Staples).
Tons. £
Six months ended March, 1922:
Imported from All Countries 22,186 417,412
Imported from Germany 5,402 86,007
(b) Imports of Wire Nails.
Tons. £
Year 1913:
Imported from All Countries 50,248 504,191
Imported from Germany 19,959 196,711

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