HC Deb 15 March 1922 vol 151 cc2208-9W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has received a. communication from Thomas H. Daniels, of Belfast, complaining of the refusal of the Dyestuffs Advisory Committee to> allow him to import alizarine Cyanole violet R. and alizarine brilliant green S.E. powder, the latter of which he states he could import for 16s. a lb., whereas he was referred to a British firm whose price was 30s. for the same colours but with half the strength: will he verify this complaint; and, if it is found to be correct, will he give instructions to the Dyestuffs Advisory Committee to issue the necessary permit?


I have received a communication from the firm mentioned, who, I understand, are agents for a German dye-making company. Of the applications in question, the first was refused by the Dyestuffs Advisory Licensing Committee on the ground that a satisfactory British equivalent for the dyestuff mentioned was available. Applicant then raised the question of the difference in price, and was informed that applications based on that ground could be entertained only when made by the actual consumer. As regards the second case, the question of price difference was not raised by the applicant, who, in fact, quoted in his application to the Committee the German price as 36s. a lb., and not 16s., as stated by the hon. Member. I am not prepared to override the action of the Advisory Committee in this matter.