HC Deb 02 December 1920 vol 135 c1464W

asked the President of the Board of Trade why the Overseas Department of the Board of Trade withdrew from their sample collection of foreign-made imported brushes which have been on show in their offices in Old Bailey a certain number of these brushes and placed them on exhibition at the White City in connection with the National Advertising Exhibition; and if he is aware that this action of the Overseas Department is calculated to prejudice the sale of British-made goods, and is strongly resented by the various brush companies of Great Britain?


The exhibition of samples of foreign-made goods which compete with British products in overseas markets has proved of great value to British manufacturers and has frequently enabled them to secure trade formerly in the hands of their foreign competitive?. But the Department's collection of such samples was not intended for general public exhibition and as soon as my attention was drawn to my hon. and gallant Friend's question, I gave instruction for the withdrawal of the exhibit from the White City.