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Cotton Garments (Import)

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 14 September 1950

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the cost of cotton shirts and other similar goods imported from Hong Kong is appreciably below that of the manufacture of comparable articles in Great Britain; and whether he is satisfied that such importations will not prejudice the wages and conditions of British workers.

United Kingdom manufacturers do not in general produce garments comparable with the cheap types imported from Hong Kong. There is no evidence that sales of home-produced cotton shirts and other goods have suffered by these imports, or that wages or employment of clothing workers in this country are being prejudiced.