HC Deb 04 November 1920 vol 134 cc589-90W

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the serious position of the British dye industry, of the increasing importation of German dyes in competition therewith, of the amount of public money subscribed in support thereof, and of the statements of the President of the Board of Trade, thrice repeated, that legislation on protective lines would be enacted; and whether an agreed Bill can be introduced at once to carry out the Government pledges in this respect?


I am aware of the position in respect of the dye making industry in general and the British Dye Stuffs Corporation in particular, and of the pledges, in regard thereto given at various times on behalf of His Majesty's Government. My hon. Friend may rest assured that a Bill dealing with key industries will be introduced and proceeded with as soon as possible, but it would be inadvisable to limit such a Bill to the dye making industry alone.

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