HC Deb 07 December 1937 vol 330 cc178-9
14. Mr. A. Jenkins

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that the iron ore now being imported into this country from Spanish territory in the occupation of the insurgents is produced by Basque loyalists, who are compelled to work long hours and under conditions of slavery, he will prohibit the importation of iron ore from this source?

Mr. Stanley

Apart from any questions as to the facts, I have no power to prohibit the importation of iron ore in the absence of discriminatory treatment of goods exported from this country.

Mr. Jenkins

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a large number of Basque loyalists are now being compelled to work under forced conditions in the mines from which this ore is being extracted, and will he make inquiries as to the conditions obtaining there?

Mr. Stanley

I do not think that is really relevant. If I made inquiries I have no power in the matter.