HC Deb 05 March 1919 vol 113 c447W
Lieutenant-Colonel GUINNESS

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the British Government are permitting Messrs. Vogelstein and Company, of America, to sell copper in the British market in competition with British and Allied firms; whether this is a company in which Aron Hirsch and Sohn, of Halberstadt, in Germany, were interested, and which the Custodian of Enemy Property in the United States is controlling; who are the agents acting for Vogelstein and Company in this country; and are they the same as prior to the War?


I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend, as regards the first part of this question, to the answer I have given to his question in regard to the American Metal Company. I am making inquiry as to the second part of his question and will communicate the result to him. As regards the remainder of his question, any firm acting in this country in the capacity suggested would have to be licensed under the Non-Ferrous Metal Industry Act and the names of all companies, firms or individuals so licensed are published in the "Gazette" and in the "Board of Trade Journal." I could not, however, undertake to give the name of any firm in this country engaged in any particular business.