HC Deb 05 July 1927 vol 208 c1065

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can state the imports and exports of hosiery made of silk and artificial silk and of all other textile materials, respectively, for the five months ended 31st May this year, and for comparison during the same periods in 1925 and 1926?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)

Particulars of the imports, exports and re-exports for which my hon. Friend asks, are fully set out on pages 66, 159 and 205 of the last issue of the "Accounts relating to Trade and Navigation of the United Kingdom." In the case of underwear and fancy hosiery, the goods described as being of "Other textile materials" are no doubt mainly silk and artificial silk goods.

Brigadier-General Sir HENRY CROFT

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the hosiery imported would, if made in this country, provide sufficient work for all the unemployed in the hosiery trade?


I should like to have notice of that question.