HC Deb 18 April 1932 vol 264 cc1232-3
20. Mr. HANNON

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been called to the issue in France of a report by the National Office for Foreign Trade, which embodies criticisms of British methods and institutions with the object of preventing French industries from transferring some of their activities to this country; and if any action has been taken in the matter?


I am aware of the issue of this report in the weekly journal of the Office National du Commerce Extérieur in France. I understand that it was prompted by the consideration that French manufacturers might transfer their activities to this country to an important extent. I have not, however, yet received the full text of the report in question, which I am taking steps to obtain; and it has not at present been considered necessary to take further action in the matter.


Will the Under-Secretary assure the House that the Foreign Office is carefully watching these transactions, and that no differential treatment of this country will take place without a protest being made in Paris?


The fact that we have asked for a report shows that we are watching the matter.


Does the hon. Member believe that we are really short of manufactures in this country?


We are short of employment.