HC Deb 14 March 1939 vol 345 cc204-5
59. Mr. Higgs

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that tin whistles used in Christmas crackers are coming in from Japan at 1s. 8½d. per gross; and is he prepared to prohibit the importation of these whistles in the interest of firms who manufacture them in this country, and who are paying trade board wages?

Mr. Stanley

Imports of tin whistles are not separately distinguished in the trade returns, but I am aware that substantial quantities of cheap metal toys are imported from Japan. I have no power to-prohibit the importation of these goods.

Mr. Higgs

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the trade balance between this country and Japan is one of the worst, so far as this country is concerned?