HC Deb 18 November 1920 vol 134 cc2117-8W
Lieut.-Colonel MORDEN

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department if he is aware that it is the practice of many of the manufacturers and business firms of the United Kingdom to transact their Canadian business through New York or other American agents insetad of appointing Canadian agents for British-Canadian business; if he is aware that this is resented in Canada and is leading to loss of orders that would otherwise come to the United Kingdom; and whether he will take steps to bring before British business firms the importance, both from the Imperial point of view and for their own benefit, of utilising the services of Canadian agents?


This matter has been engaging my attention for some time past. The Department's representatives in Canada have been asked to call attention to cases where trade is lost to this country as a result of the employment by British firms of United States agents for the purposes of trade with Canada. Representations have been made to some of these firms, and as a result they have substituted Canadian agents. Every opportunity is being taken of bringing to the notice of manufacturers and merchants concerned the advantage of transacting Canadian business through Canadian agents.