§ 49. Mr. T. SMITH
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department with regard to the applications made on behalf of the owners of 18 German textile factories for permission to establish factories in Great Britain for the manufacture of women's dress goods, what are the reasons for the proposed transfer; and whether, in view of the existing equipment for this trade in this country, the Government will refuse the necessary action?
§ 50. Mr. ENTWISTLE
asked the Home Secretary whether he can give information as to the applications made for permission to open in Lancashire and Yorkshire German-owned factories for the manufacture of wearing apparel; and whether, in view of the difficulties in the textile trades, he will in the national interest withhold facilities for German firms to enter productive competition in this country?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir John Gilmour)
Certain preliminary inquiries have been addressed to me on behalf of German firms manufacturing ladies' gowns and mantles, as to their engaging in manufacture in this country, and I am in touch with my right hon. Friends the President of the Board of Trade and the Minister of Labour in regard to the matter. Fuller information as to the proposal has been requested and on its receipt it will be carefully considered by me in consultation with my right hon. Friends. I am not at present in a position to make any further statement.
§ Mr. HERBERT WILLIAMS
Can the right hon. Gentleman say what powers he 707 possesses at the moment to prohibit foreign firms from establishing factories in this country?