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Indian Coir Mats

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1947

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that coir mats and matting made in India are to be displayed at the London section of the B.I.F., and that they are made outside the United Kingdom at wages, and under conditions, incomparably lower than those in this country; and if he will take steps to prevent the exhibition of goods which will have an adverse effect on the employment of blind workers in the coir mat industry

I am aware that these mats are being displayed on the stand organised by the Indian Government in the Empire Section of the British Industries Fair, but no restrictions on the type of goods displayed by Empire Governments are imposed.