HC Deb 14 April 1938 vol 334 cc1304-5
67. Mr. Tomlinson

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the heavy increases in the import duties on cotton goods announced by the Egyptian Government on 11th April; whether he has considered the effect of these new impositions upon the cotton trade in Lancashire; and what steps the Government contemplate taking to counteract the effect of these measures upon Lancashire's staple industry?

Captain Wallace

Yes, Sir. The increases in question have been brought to the notice of His Majesty's Government, who are considering the position in consultation with the interests affected.

Mr. Tomlinson

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman consult with the Minister of Labour so that plans can be got forward for the rehabilitation of Lancashire as well as South Wales, while this process is going on?

Captain Wallace

That is a different question.