§ 24. Mr. RAMSBOTHAM
asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what has been the outcome of the recent visits to Huddersfield and Bradford by the commercial counsellor to His Majesty's Embassy in Argentina; and whether his Department has ascertained at Huddersfield and Bradford what action is being taken there on the Reports collected by his Department from 16 countries on woollen piece-goods of moderate price?
§ Mr. GILLETT
It is too early yet to say what the result of the recent visits will be, but the commercial counsellor is shortly returning to Argentina where he will be able to make further inquiries into the points which have been brought up. The reports referred to in the second part of the question are being passed on to the trade through the medium of the Chambers of Commerce at Huddersfield and Bradford, but the series is not yet fully complete. I have not received information as to action so far taken. A report may be expected at a later date.
§ Mr. A. M. SAMUEL
Without pressing the hon. Member, does he not think, if he can find the time, that it would be better for him to go down himself and see what is going on? If he used his own initiative, it might lead to something being done.
§ Mr. GILLETT
As a matter of fact, the commercial counsellor is far better qualified than I am myself to undertake this duty. He will report to me the result.