HC Deb 27 March 1919 vol 114 c636W
Brigadier-General CROFT

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether on the outbreak of War it was discovered that this country was largely dependent on Germany and Sweden for oil lamps and stoves; whether certain British firms were encouraged to undertake the manufacture of these goods; whether the Board of Trade has now given a free permit to Sweden to import all the goods of this description that they can; and whether his attention has been called to the fact that the British market is now being flooded by these cheap foreign products with disastrous results to British industry, and what action he proposes to take?


The temporary general licence for the import of stoves expired on the 1st March, and no licences are now being granted. The matter will be considered by the Advisory Council on Import Restrictions, and it is open to the interests concerned to make to the Council such representations as to the position of their industry as they may think proper.