§ Mr. Tomlinson
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that children's cotton shorts and overalls from Japan are being sold in this country at a cost of 4s. 6d. per dozen and 6s. 3d. per dozen, respectively, whereas the price at which these can be produced by British manufacturers is 13s. 6d. per dozen shorts, and 9s. 6d. per dozen overalls; and whether he proposes to take any action to prevent such goods being imported into this country?
I have not received any representations on this matter but if the British interests concerned consider that there is a case for further protection it is open to them to apply to the Import Duties Advisory Committee.
— 1929. 1932. 1937. Increase (+) or decrease (-), 1937 compared with 1929. £'000. £'000. £'000. Per cent. Imports … 358,842 248,137 405,162 (+) 12.9 Exports (United Kingdom goods) … 324,451 165,512 252,110 (-) 22.3 Re-exports … 23,062 11,531 12,206 (-) 47.1 NOTE.—The 1937 figures are provisional,.