HC Deb 02 November 1937 vol 328 c699
19. Mr. Lyons

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the cotton-fabric glove industry of this country has been seriously endangered, and that the artificial-silk glove industry is menaced by the subsidised imports from the Continental countries; and whether, in view of the fact that the Import Duties Advisory Committee has decided that an increase of tariff is not to be granted, he will take some other steps to preserve these long established British industries?

Mr. Stanley

I am aware that a large part of our supplies of fabric gloves has for many years been imported. The Import Duties Advisory Committee has called attention in reports on this subject to serious disadvantages which would result from any further increase in the import duty on those goods, but any proposals the industry may make which would avoid those disadvantages will receive consideration.

Mr. H. G. Williams

Where can the document be obtained in which these serious disadvantages are explained? Apparently it is not in the Vote Office.

Mr. Stanley

They are Command Papers No. 4156 and 4303.

Mr. Williams

Are they recent documents?

Mr. Stanley

Comparatively recent.

Mr. Lyons

Do these Command Papers set out the details of the serious disadvantages or only the conclusions?

Mr. Stanley

They indicate what the disadvantages are.

20. Mr. Lyons

asked the President of the Board of Trade the numbers employed in the fabric-glove industry in 1923, 1930, 1932, and 1936?

Mr. Stanley

I regret that the information asked for by my hon. and learned Friend is not available.