§ 20. Brigadier-General NATION (for Mr. BARTON)
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware of the fact that manila rope manufactured in Holland is allowed to be imported into Canada on terms far more favourable than rope made in England; and will he make inquiries with a view to at least equal treatment being meted out to British manufacturers?
Mr. J. H. THOMAS
I am informed that manila rope manufactured in the United Kingdom is not able to qualify for the British preferential rate in Canada, because more than 50 per cent. of its cost arises from raw material which is not grown within the Empire. As suggested by the hon. Member, I am making inquiries into the subject.