HC Deb 12 June 1917 vol 94 cc783-4W

asked the hon. Member for Worcestershire (Bewdley Division) on what ground Welsh firms who have hitherto bought wool in Carnarvonshire are now prohibited from doing so, and for what reason the busi- ness is handed to a firm from Stainland and another from Bradford; and whether he will see that other arrangements are made so as to obviate the loss of their business connection to the local firms and inconvenience to monoglot Welsh farmers in being compelled to deal with strangers?


I am not aware to what particular merchants in North Wales the hon. Member refers. Welsh wool merchants who have shown that they have sufficiently expert acquaintance with Welsh wools will be employed to take up their usual clips this year. Merchants, however, who do not case will not be directly recognised by the Department, but will be affiliated to casing merchants and will be directly responsible to them. They will receive the same remuneration as last year, based on services rendered. No merchant will be authorised in Wales unless he has a warehouse there, and English merchants who have been accustomed to buy in Wales and have not opened a ware house there will be debarred from buying there this season. Only five Bradford firms are authorised to buy in North Wales this year, compared with nine last year.