HC Deb 17 May 1933 vol 278 c350
26. Sir B. PETO

asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the fact that no record is kept of the number of persons insured and unemployed in the toy, clock, jewellery, and enamelled hollow-ware industries, which have been subjected to reductions in the import duties of foreign competing goods under the recent commercial agreement with the German Reich, what steps he proposes to take in order that the Government and the House may be able to gauge the effect of this treaty on employment?


Section 9 of the Import Duties Act provides for the collection of information regarding employment and other matters in industries engaged in making goods of a kind subject to duty under that Act, and it is proposed under Clause 18 of the Finance Bill now before the House, to extend these provisions to certain other industries. After the passage of the Finance Act all the trades referred to by my hon. Friend will be covered.