§ 5. Brigadier-General Sir HENRY CROFT
asked the Secretary of State for India whether the new Customs duties in India were submitted to him; and whether he took any steps to recommend that they should be raised to a greater extent upon foreign goods than upon those from Lancashire?
§ Sir H. CROFT
May I ask whether the proposed new duties were not submitted to him, and also whether representations were made to see that an advantage was given to Lancashire cotton goods, even assuming that an increased revenue ought to be raised?
Sir NAIRNE STEWART SANDEMAN
Cannot the Secretary of State put an extra duty on Japanese cotton goods going into India and so give Lancashire a preference?
§ Sir H. CROFT
Is it not a fact that these duties are submitted to the Secretary of State in advance and that he has an opportunity of making representations?
Sir N. STEWART SANDEMAN
Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise the critical position in Lancashire?
§ 74. Mr. HACKING
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has anything to report to the House as a result of the deputation from the Master Cotton Spinners' Federation and the Cotton Spinners and Manufacturers' Association, which recently waited upon him to discuss the question of the import of cotton goods into India?
§ Mr. GILLETT (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)
My right hon. Friend accompanied by the Secretary of State for India, received the deputation on Friday last, when the present situation of the cotton industry in this country was considered, and there was a useful exchange of views as to the prospects of trade with India. As the proceedings were confidential, it is impossible to give more detailed information.
§ Mr. HACKING
Will the hon. Member say whether, in view of the information that was given to the President of the Board of Trade by the deputation, he is able to show any practical steps to help the cotton industry so far as India is concerned?