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Part Ii (Permanent Panel)

Volume 154: debated on Monday 15 May 1922

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asker the President of the Board of Trade whether, since the announcements made by his Department on the 14th September and 14th December, 1921, and 13th February,

With the permission of the hon. Member I will have figures circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT giving the particulars desired.

The figures are as follow:

The following statement shows the quantities and values of imports into and exports from the United Kingdom of gold and silver bullion and coin in 1921:

1922, a further member has been appointed to the Safeguarding of Industries Act (Part II) permanent panel; whether it is his intention to continue to add members to this panel; if so, whether he will consider the desirability of seeing that the commercial element of the community is given extended representation rather than that the number should be increased by members who are professional, or retired professional, men; and whether a panel of women might usefully be constituted so that on matters particularly affecting women they might have special representation?

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. So far as it is possible to judge, it is unlikely that any further additions to the panel will be necessary for the present. With regard to the third part of the question, I would point out that the great majority of the panel already consists of persons of commercial or industrial experience. As regards the last part, I would refer to the answer given to the hon. Member on the 8th May.