73. Dr. VERNON DAVIES
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is in a position to make any statement as to any future action with regard to the Dyestuffs (Import Regulation) Act; and, in view of the fact that the Act expires on 15th January, 1931, and in view of the feeling of insecurity in the industry, he will make an announcement of Government policy before the Autumn Session?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. William Graham)
I endeavoured to make it clear last Thursday that, in view of the necessity for a careful examination of the position in the light of the report of the Dyestuffs Industry Development Committee, and for the further consultations which that body recommended, it would be 702 impossible for any announcement of Government policy to be made before Parliament reassembles.
Are we to understand that the Government will examine the report of this committee with an open mind?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
Oh, yes; that is exactly the object. I have had meetings with the Dyestuffs Development Committee, and that task is being overtaken.
Sir G. HAMILTON
May this trade hope that the Government, if they remain in office till the date in question, will not remove this protection from the trade?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
That is precisely what I cannot say at the present time. This review will proceed, and the Government's policy in the matter will be announced very soon after Parliament reassembles.
Does it not necessarily follow, if the Government have an open mind, that it is possible that the Act will not be allowed to lapse?