§ 19 and 20. Captain SPENCER
asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) whether he is aware that the imports of glass bottles and jars have risen from 52,805 gross in the first quarter of 1932 to 119,331 gross in the first quarter of 1934; and whether he will state the reason for this increase of over 100 per cent.;
(2) whether he is aware that the imports of domestic and fancy glassware have risen from 20,486 cwts. in the first quarter of 1932 to 84,854 cwts. in the first quarter of 1934; and whether he is in a position to give the reason for this increase of over 300 per cent.?
§ Dr. BURGIN
I am aware of the facts to which my hon. Friend draws attention. Imports during the first quarter of 1932 were at an unusually low level, doubtless on account of the duty of 50 per cent. ad valorem then in force upon these goods under the Abnormal Importations Act, 1931.
§ Captain SPENCER
In view of the growing anxiety of the workers in this industry, may I impress upon the hon. Gentleman the necessity for speedy action in dealing with applications?
§ Dr. BURGIN
Yes, Sir. An application for an increase of duty is now before the Import Duties Advisory Committee.
§ Sir PERCY HARRIS
Are not these bottles used by fruit bottlers as well as by farmers, and are they anxious not to have their raw materials made dearer?