asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether he is aware of the fact that hacksaw blades are being imported of a width of seven-sixteenths of an inch for the purpose of defeating an import duty which was imposed on hacksaw blades half an inch and over in width, and that the importation of such blades is causing serious injury to an Irish industry engaged in the manufacture of such blades; and, if so, if he will indicate what steps he proposes to take to deal with the situation.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Import of Hacksaw Blades.
The firm engaged in the production of hacksaw blades has represented that the position is as indicated in the first part of the Deputy's question and consideration is being given to the action to be taken in the matter.
Is the Minister aware that this situation was brought to the notice of his Department about three months ago? Having regard to the fact that a substantial number of workers are in danger of losing their employment in the immediate future, would the Minister cause some further inquiries to be made in the matter with a view to the application of an instantaneous remedy in the situation because the dumping is now not merely from Britain but from the Continent as well?
That and other matters affecting this firm are under consideration.
Is there likely to be an early decision?
I would not like to make any forecast. The Deputy is unwise to give publicity to the fact that the situation is under consideration.