§ 3. Mr. REMER
asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to the difficulties caused to the vendors of butter by the sale of butter by the Soviet at prices below the cost of production in Great Britain and the Dominions; and what action he intends to take to prohibit these importations?
§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
I am aware that the price of butter, in common with that of other commodities, has recently fallen considerably, but my attention has not been called to difficulties of the nature referred to. As regards the last part of the question, it has already been indicated on several occasions that His Majesty's Government have no power to prohibit or restrict the importation of such goods into this country on the 963 ground of the prices at which they are offered, nor do they contemplate taking any such power.
Sir GEORGE HAMILTON
Has not the right hon. Gentleman seen a photograph in one of the papers to-day, the "Daily Mail," I think, showing 15,000 barrels of Russian butter were landed here below the cost of production in this country—really a slap in the face to Australia and New Zealand?
§ Sir NICHOLAS GRATTAN-DOYLE
As the right hon. Gentleman rose to answer the question, may he not be allowed to do so?
Sir G. HAMILTON
I asked a perfectly clear question. In his reply, the right hon. Gentleman said that his attention has not been called specifically to the landing of Russian butter.