§ 28. Mr. REMER
asked the President of the Board of Trade if the terms of reference to the committee to be set up to inquire into the iron and steel industries will includes the wages paid and hours worked in foreign countries from which imports of iron and steal are imported into the United Kingdom?
§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
As I have already stated in the House, the inquiry will be of the most comprehensive character.
§ Commander BELLAIRS
Will the right hon. Gentleman instruct the Committee to have regard to previous inquiries, especially the inquiry carried out by a Committee appointed by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for St. Ives (Mr. Runciman), which reported in favour of Protection for these industries?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
I have already assured the House in this and another connection that these inquiries will be of the most comprehensive Character, and every factor bearing directly or indirectly on the issue will be taken into account.
§ Mr. BOOTHBY
Can the right hon. Gentleman say when he will be in a position 202 to announce the name of the committee and the terms of reference?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
As regards previous inquiries, it would be an obvious waste of time for any committee not to have regard to the material previously collected. That will be summarised and made available for the Committee which we propose to appoint.