HC Deb 01 February 1934 vol 285 c535
79. Sir J. LAMB

asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to the increase in imports to this country of general earthenware from Japan; and if he will state what steps are being taken to protect British industry and pottery workers against this competition made possible by a low standard of wages and a depreciated currency?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)

The imports of earthenware from Japan are small in comparison with the amount produced in this country and since the imposition of the specific duty of 25s. per cwt. in 1933 they have been steadily diminishing. The position is, however, being carefully watched.