HC Deb 08 May 1922 vol 153 cc1760-2

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can state what reasons there were for appointing a Committee to investigate the dumping of cotton gloves into Great Britain as a result of depreciated currency, seeing that the imports of cotton gloves in the year 1913 was 2½ million dozen pairs at an average value of 6s. 8d. per dozen pairs, whilst in 1921 the number of imports was only 570,000 dozens and the average value 20s. per dozen pairs?


I am sending the hon. Member a table, from which it will be seen that the figures quoted in the question do not fully represent the facts. The Board satisfied themselves before referring the matter to a Committee that a primâ facie case had been established under Section 2, (1) (b), of the Act.

Following is the Table:

The following statement shows the quantity, declared value, and average

Year. Quantity Imported. Declared Value thereof. Average Value per Dozen Pairs.
1913. Dozen Pairs. £ s. d.
Cotton gloves 2,531,798 728,050 5 9
Cotton gloves (knitted, netted and crocheted). 577,292 512,163 17 9
Cloves of woven fabric (other than silk) 142,631 138,472 19 5
Total 719,923 650,635 18 1

Prior to 1920 the heading "Cotton gloves" included all kinds of gloves manufactured wholly or mainly of cotton, irrespective of the method of manufacture.

The particulars for 1921 were, however, compiled on a somewhat different basis, and unavoidably include a quantity of fabric gloves woven from textile materials other than cotton or silk. The quantity so included is believed to be relatively small.


asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the quantity and value of the cotton thread exported from this country to Germany in 1921; how much of it came back to this country in the form of fabric

—— Quantity. Value.
Cotton yarns
Grey unbleached: lbs. £
Up to No. 40 1,055,200 152,025
Over No. 40 and up to No. 80 9,235 900 2,050,875
Over No.80 and up to No. 120 4,055,600 1,273,596
Over No. 120 493,600 230,269
Bleached and dyed:
Up to No. 40 1,300 585
Over No. 40 and up to No. 80 20,500 8,316
Over No. 80 and up to No. 120 200 90
Over No. 120
Total of Cotton yarns 14,862,300 3,715,756
Finished threads 49,800 22,108

value of cotton gloves of all kinds registered as imported into the United Kingdom during the years 1913 and 1921, so far as the particulars are available:

gloves; and how much of it remained in Germany or was exported to other countries, according to the best estimate that is available for the, past year?


I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT figures giving the information asked for in the first part of the question. As to the second and third parts, however, I regret that I can give no estimate.


Would it not be of immense advantage if some estimate and decision could be given as to whether these fabric gloves are to be taxed?


I doubt whether the-precise figure could be got, but I will see.

Following is the promised information: