I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade who are the members of the Board of Trade Consultative Commercial Intelligence Committee; what manufacturing or trading firms do they represent; and by whom were they selected.
The twenty-five members of the Commercial Intelligence Committee include (besides myself as Chairman) seven officials representing the Board of Trade, Foreign Office, Colonial Office, and India Office; four representatives of the great self-governing Colonies—Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa; and thirteen members appointed by the Board of Trade in consultation with the Association of Chambers of Commerce. The names of the members of the present Committee, and the districts and trades with which they are connected, will be printed with the Votes. [The following is the list of names referred to.] Lord Avebury—London, General and Financial Interests. Mr. F. Brittain—Ex-President of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce (Iron and Steel Trades). Mr. T. Craig-Brown—South of Scotland Chamber of Commerce (Woollen and Worsted Trades). Sir William Holland—(a Member of this House)—Ex-President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce (Cotton Trades). Sir Albert Rollit—London Chamber of Commerce and Hull District (General Mercantile Interests). Sir F. Forbes Adam—Ex-President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce (Cotton Trades). Sir Hugh Bell—North Eastern Districts (Iron and Steel Trades). Mr. W. H. Mitchell—President of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce (Woollen and Worsted Trades). Mr. R. Thompson—Belfast Chamber of Commerce (Linen Trades). Mr. D. A. Thomas (a Member of this House) South Wales (Coal and Tinplate Trades). Mr. E. Parkes—(a Member of this House) Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (Miscellaneous Metal Trades). Mr. G. H. Cox—Liverpool Chamber of Commerce (General Mercantile business). There is also a vacancy occasioned I regret to say by the recent death of Mr. T. F. Blackwell (of the well known firm of Crosse and Blackwell, Ltd.), who represented the London Chamber of Commerce and the General Provision trades. I propose to fill this vacancy at an early date by the appointment of a further commercial representative.