HC Deb 24 October 1935 vol 305 cc316-7

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the fact that the dumping of Japanese goods into Palestine is endangering the existence of many young industries in that mandated territory and that Japan is no longer a member of the League of Nations, he will now consider making representations to the Mandates Commission of the League of Nations that it should be permissible for action to be taken to protect Palestine against such unfair Japanese competition?

Commander SOUTHBY

The Government of Palestine have at all times power to take any measures for the protection of local industries which are consonant with the Mandate and which they may consider to be desirable in the interests of Palestine as a whole. The position with regard to Japanese imports into Palestine is governed by the Anglo-Japanese Commercial Treaty to which Palestine has acceded, and which, so long as it is in force, would prevent any discriminatory action against Japanese goods.