The SECRETARY of STATE for DOMINION AFFAIRS (Mr. J. H. Thomas)
The inquiries which are being held by the Canadian Tariff Board in pursuance of the Ottawa Agreement relate to particular commodities specified by His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom. I understand that the Board have already held their inquiries into a number of the items affecting woollen goods contained in the list which I handed to my hon. and learned Friend on 28th November.
I do not understand what the hon. and learned Member 1052 means. The Board is there for the purpose of hearing cases from this side in accordance with the Agreement. If he infers that our own people are so indifferent to their own interests, I cannot accept that as being the position. On the other hand, I have indicated to him that as far as may information goes every case submitted to the Board is being heard.
I did not say anything of the kind. In my previous reply, I gave the hon. and learned Member a list of the trades that had submitted their applications, but the form of the applications and the period in which they are to be heard is a matter for the Tariff Board.