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Insulators (Tenders)

Volume 155: debated on Monday 19 June 1922

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to a letter from the Secretary of the National Pottery Workers, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, referring the Indian Stores Department to a statement that advertisements were appearing in German papers for tenders for porcelain and glass insulators; whether the Government are prepared to use the rate of exchange or other things to encourage competition with our home productions; whether he is aware that workers in this country, capable of producing such commodities, are unemployed and in receipt of unemployment pay; whether any orders have been given out to Germany through any merchant to supply such articles to one of the Crown Colonies; and whether he will give the particulars of the transactions referred to?

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on the 15th June to a question asked by the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Colonel Wedgwood). I am informed by the High Commissioner for India that he has not hitherto found it necessary to advertise directly in Continental papers.