HC Deb 21 October 1920 vol 133 c1104W
Sir J. D. REES

asked the President of the Board of Trade what answer has been returned to the letter of the Leicester Chamber of Commerce regarding the dumping of German goods, such as underwear, fine-cotton hosiery, and fabric gloves, in Nottingham, Leicester, and neighbouring centres at prices with which British manufacturers, owing to heavy taxation, high wages, excessive establishment charges, rates, and demands for ever-increasing social reforms, cannot compete?


The letter of 4th September from the Chamber, to which the hon. Member no doubt refers, asked the Board of Trade to give effect, in regard to these German goods, to the recommendations of the Merchandise Marks Committee, with a view to their bearing an indication of origin, or to restrict their importation. In reply, the Chamber were informed that it was hoped to introduce a Till to give effect to the recommendations of the Committee shortly after the recess, but that the Board had no power at present to restrict these imports.