HC Deb 11 July 1923 vol 166 cc1387-8W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department if he is aware that the authorities of the British Empire Exhibition stipulate that goods exhibited must consist of at least 51 per cent. British manufacture; and will he recommend that only 100 per cent. British manufactured goods can be exhibited?

Viscount WOLMER

I understand that, in the case of manufactured articles to be shown at the British Empire Exhibition, the exhibition authorities require that at least 51 per cent. of the value of any such articles shall be due to British material and/or British labour. If this proportion were increased to 100 per cent., the effect would be to exclude all articles containing any foreign-produced raw material, such as cotton or any semi-manufactured product of foreign origin. My hon. Friend will doubtless recollect that the Dominions for tariff purposes treat as British any articles into whose value British labour or materials enters to the extent of 25 per cent.