HC Deb 27 March 1934 vol 287 cc1801-2

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that an assurance was given by the Governor of Hong Kong that as much British cement as is possible shall be used on public works there; and will he inquire into the reason why, out of 42 Government jobs tendered for, the Government specified Japanese cement to be used in 30 cases, locally manufactured in nine cases, and mixed cement in two cases?

The Secretary of STATE for the COLONIES (Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)

It is the universal practice of all Colonial Governments to give a preference to British goods when possible. I am not aware of the circumstances referred to in the second part of my hon. Friend's question, but I will make inquiries.