HC Deb 12 March 1935 vol 299 c179
45. Mr. MANDER

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what extent the Import Duties Advisory Committee insists on an industry making adequate provision for research before recommending the imposition of the duty?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Chamberlain)

I understand that it is the practice of the Import Duties Advisory Committee to inquire as to the provision made for research, and the progress achieved, by industries which ask for a new or increased duty; and they naturally take account of these considerations in deciding whether to make a recommendation.


Is it not possible to get more precise information as to the situation in each individual industry?


If the hon. Member is interested in any particular industry, and will address a question to me, I will try to get him the information.


Is it not a fact that some industries find it impossible to command the necessary resources for research work in order to obtain information on matters connected with the industry, and that so soon as adequate protection is granted more research is able to be undertaken?