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LONDON, March 26. ■ In the House of 'Commons, Major Pretyman Newman moved a motion urging the Government to declare its policy respecting trade and Imperiall preference without delay. He instanced the- hopelessness of competing with Japanese cheap labour. British industry could not lay plans for the future until the fiscal policy were ..revealed. The election had given the Government a clear mandate for the. Premier's declared. policy of protecting the key industries,' Imperial preference, and the prevention of dumping. Ihu'ing the war Great Britain had spent her substance, and must begin again to make her fortune. Sir Donald Maclean, in opposing tlhe motion, said the previous speaker had said much about protection, and little about preference. Mr Jtfonar Law said the first need was to stimulate production. He repeated the Government's . declaration in 19i8 that it was intended to give etfect to Imperial preference at the earliest possible moment. Great Britain's experience as regards sugar showed tlie need for developing the jUmpire's production of thai; commodity. There was '■. no guarantee that the war would have been won without the help of the Dominions' troops. Was anyone prepared, after that, to say Imperial preference would not help usH Mr Austen Chamberlain, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said he was now considering how to deal with tJie question in the forthcoming. Budget. There would be no hedging; or 'hesitation when the time came to frame the scheme. Mr Lloj'd George's declaration regarding the key industries, dumping, and preference, would be fulfilled in letter and spirit, but a complete examination would be necessary. -.

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IMPERIAL PREFERENCE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9575, 2 April 1919

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IMPERIAL PREFERENCE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9575, 2 April 1919