HC Deb 29 March 1927 vol 204 c1020
11. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any figures showing the production of lace goods at the present time; the number of persons employed in the lace industry; and the corresponding figures for this date or a near date in 1926?


I regret that the information furnished by the trade is not sufficiently complete for me to give the particulars which the hon. and gallant Member desires.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

How is it the right hon. Gentleman can give these figures for motor cars, watches and other articles when they are favourable to his policy, but is unable to get them when they are not so favourable?


I am glad the hon. and gallant Gentleman asked that, because, as a matter of fact, I have tried to get results from every single trade which is protected by a duty. I have got some figures which are quite inadequate from the lace trade. I hope they will be able to give the same figures that many other trades have given.


Is it not a fact that during the last fortnight hopes have been expressed in Nottingham that the trade has revived to a very great extent?


We must not have these fiscal debates now.