HC Deb 10 May 1938 vol 335 cc1394-5
14. Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has had any consultations with representatives of the tinplate and steelsheet trades in reference to the present depression affecting them and resulting in the widespread stoppage of works, with consequent unemployment; and whether he is taking any steps to assist in the recovery of these trades?

Mr. Stanley

I have had no representations recently from these trades on the subject; but any proposals they wish to put before me will, of course, receive consideration.

Mr. Griffiths

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this trade is more depressed than it has been at any time since the end of the War, and will he make inquiries of representatives of the workers and employers in the trade to see what can be done to assist it?

Mr. Stanley

I understand that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour is this week receiving a deputation which will deal largely with this subject.

Mr. Louis Smith

Will my right hon. Friend consider asking the Import Duties Advisory Committee to inquire into this particular difficulty?

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