HC Deb 13 March 1939 vol 345 c27
56. Sir George Mitcheson

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is proposing to take to accord British industries some measure of protection by prohibition, or otherwise, against the competition of manufactured goods coming from Empire countries in the East?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Mr. Cross)

The question of the competition of Indian manufactured goods in the United Kingdom market has been under consideration in connection with the negotiations which are now proceeding with the Government of India for the conclusion of a new trade agreement, but I am not at present in a position to make any statement on the subject. I am not aware that manufactured goods from any other British countries in the East compete in the United Kingdom market, with the exception of rubber shoes from Hong Kong, and I understand that these are at present the subject of negotiations between the industries concerned.

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