HC Deb 06 July 1938 vol 338 cc390-1
80. Sir Haydn Jones

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that roofing and damp-course slates of an inferior quality are being imported with only one slate per mille marked with the name of the country of origin, and are sold as best quality Yorkshire malharia slates, at prices below the cost at which slates can be produced in this country; and what steps he is pre pared to take to deal with the situation.

Mr. R. S. Hudson

The Merchandise Marks (Imported Goods) No. I Order, 1930, requires imported roofing slates to be marked on sale but not on importation. If the hon. Member will communicate to me any evidence that he may have of non-compliance with the provisions of the Order or of application of a false trade description, I shall be glad to consider it. Any application for an increased duty on imported slates, should, of course, be addressed to the Import Duties Advisory Committee.