§ 30. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of increased competition in the Canadian market; and what steps he is taking to encourage and promote British exports to Canada.
§ Mr. Low
Yes, Sir. However, according to the latest statistics, the United Kingdom maintained its share of Canadian imports in the first seven months of this year, and I am confident that when Canadian trade resumes its upward trend 1033 British industry will not be behindhand. Officials here and in Canada, who enjoy invaluable support from the Dollar Exports Council, assist and encourage British exporters to Canada daily, and in many ways; and no opportunity is lost to make known in Canada, as my right hon. Friend himself stressed on his visit there last June, that the United Kingdom is now able to offer goods competitive in price, quality and delivery in nearly the entire range of Canadian imports.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is this rosy and optimistic survey in accordance with the facts? Is the Minister aware that recently Germany has increased her competition in the Canadian market, that Krupps has recently secured very great contracts; and while the Germans are off armaments and competing in the Canadian market we are on armaments, and therefore restricted in competition?
§ Mr. Nabarro
Will my right hon. Friend have regard to the fact that the most important export to Canada from this country is investment of British financial funds, and is it not a fact that this year British investments in Canada ran at a rate four to five times greater than during the last year of Socialist Government?
§ Mr. Hughes
In view of this disgraceful conduct and neglect of the British Empire, I beg to give notice that I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment.
§ Mr. Speaker
The hon. Member should really confine himself to the well-known formula, "Owing to the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I will raise this matter on the Adjournment."