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International Labour Conventions, Geneva

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 27 June 1922

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44 and 58.

asked the Minister of Labour (1) when he will introduce the conventions and recommendations arising out of the last Labour Conference at Geneva for the consideration of the House;

(2) if he is yet in a position to say when he will submit to the House the recommendations and conventions arising out of the last International Labour Conference?

The conventions and recommendations of the last International Labour Conference at Geneva in October and November last are at present under the consideration of His Majesty's Government. I am not in a position to make any definite statement at present.

Can I be told whether it will be introduced this Session, having regard to the fact that if it be not, it will be out of date?

Friend will have circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The following statement shows the declared value of alcoholic liquors exported from the United Kingdom, consigned to the undermentioned countries, during the years 1913 and 1920:

(NOTE.—Of the total value of alcoholic liquors of United Kingdom manufacture exported to these countries 71 per cent. in 1913 and 92 per cent. in 1920 are accounted for by British and Irish spirits. The average declared value of those spirits was about 9s. 6d. per gallon in 1913 and 29s. 6d. per gallon in 1920.)

That question, which involves Parliamentary time, ought to be addressed to the Leader of the House.

Would it not be disgraceful if we did not fulfil our obligations under this Convention?