HC Deb 03 April 1922 vol 152 cc1874-5W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if a firm of British electric-lamp manufacturers are a party to an application for a duty to be imposed on electric-lamp bulbs imported from Germany; whether his attention has been called to the fact that the only evidence produced to the Safeguarding of Industries Act Committee showing 1921 importation of these goods from Germany, related to a substantial consignment of bulbs actually imported by these complainants themselves, as a result of an order given by them at the time when the coal strike in this country threatened their home supplies; and whether he was aware of this when he referred the complaint to the Committee?


I am aware of the evidence to which the hon. Member refers. The position of the firm in question would, I think, be more correctly described as that of a witness called by the applicants than that of a party to the application. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative. Electric-lamp bulbs were included in the complaint under the general heading of illuminating glassware.