HC Deb 06 April 1921 vol 140 cc291-2W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to statements that have been made in the Press and upon public platforms charging the Government with being responsible in some way or other for the present unemployment, and blaming them for not providing work for the unemployed; if, seeing that our national existence depends upon our being able to sell our manufactured goods in the markets of the world in competition with similar goods of other nations, he will state what means, if any, the Government have of compelling the people in other countries to buy our goods if they do not wish to, either on the ground that our prices are too high or for other reasons; if the Government are able to give employment to one section of the community without taking it from another; and whether his Department know of any other remedy for unemployment except the establishment of cooperation between the organisers of industry and labour organisations and the encouragement of industrial enterprise?


The subjects raised by my hon. Friend cannot be satisfactorily dealt with by question and answer, I have seen statements such as those referred to. It is evident that the Government have no means of compelling foreign consumers to buy British goods. I entirely agree with my hon. Friend as to the vital necessity of co-operation in every branch of industry.