HC Deb 28 July 1915 vol 73 cc2290-1W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been called to the imports of motor cars of a cheap character at the present time and the expected increase in these imports, and to the fact that the English builders of cars are prevented by the stress of Government work from supplying the demand for cars by the public and that these imports must necessarily increase the trade balance against this country and render the exchange still more unfavourable; and if, whilst these conditions prevail, he will put a stop to the import and purchase of such foreign cars by prohibition under the Defence of the Realm Act, or by the imposition of a heavy duty on them, or by heavy Licence Duty on the use of such foreign cars, or in some other way?


I understand that the import of cars of the kind referred to has increased during the last few months. I am afraid I can make no statement with regard to the last part of the question.