HC Deb 25 January 1937 vol 319 cc549-50
19. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he is aware that many British manufacturers are disinclined to incur the expense and trouble of providing samples of their goods for foreign exhibitions because frequently their goods are copied by foreign competitors and the import duties of the foreign countries in which the samples are exhibited prevent bulk sales to those countries; and how this difficulty is being met when our manufacturers are invited to exhibit their goods abroad?

Captain Euan Wallace (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

I am aware that some firms hold the views indicated in this question. The fact, however, remains that many enterprising manufacturers both of British and foreign nationality continue year after year to show their goods at exhibitions in this country and abroad presumably because they find it worth while to do so. It is the constant endeavour of His Majesty's Government to make such arrangements with other countries as will result in a removal of restrictions on the import of United Kingdom goods.

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