HC Deb 08 March 1934 vol 286 cc1998-9
46. Mr. MANDER

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the communication from the Wolverhampton Chamber of Commerce, amongst other chambers, urging the appointment of a special committee to investigate the best method of dealing with Japanese competition; and whether he will treat this question as a matter of urgency?


I have replied to the Wolverhampton Chamber of Commerce explaining why, in my view, the appointment of a special committee in relation to Japanese competition is not likely to serve any useful purpose. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of that letter. I have since received another letter from the chamber which I am considering.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is more than one method of dealing with this competition, and in view of the very strong feeling on the subject, will he not re- consider the question of appointing a neutral and impartial committee?


I have always kept in mind the fact that import duties are one way of dealing with it.