HC Deb 27 February 1919 vol 112 cc1997-8W

asked the President of the Board of Trade what restrictions are at present placed upon the importation of cotton hosiery; and whether it is intended at an early date to make any and what change in the existing practice?


The ration of import of cotton hosiery for the year ending 22nd February was 50 per cent. of 1916. The amount of the new ration is at present under consideration.


asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that dissatisfaction is being caused to the manufacturers of brushes in this country, who have been prohibited from exporting during the last few years, owing to the fact that the Japanese are exporting to this country poor quality low-priced brushes; and if it is the intention of the Board of Trade to take any steps in the matter?


A general licence has been in existence for some time in respect of brooms and brushes. The question of its withdrawal in order that the Board of Trade may regain control over imports has been receiving the attention of His Majesty's Government, and an announcement on the subject will shortly be made. The situation will be carefully watched from the point of view expressed in the question.


asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, having regard to their serious effect upon the leather trade of this country, he is prepared to remove the restrictions on the import of finished leather?


This matter has been under careful consideration for some time in consultation with the various Departments interested. Temporary general licences have already been issued for certain types of leather—chiefly glove leather—and further relaxations will be authorised as soon as all the circumstances permit.