I also move:
That Seanad Eireann hereby approves of Control of Imports (Quota No. 19) (Amendment) Order, 1935, made on the 20th day of December, 1935 by the Executive Council under the Control of Imports Act, 1934 (No. 12 of 1934).
Control of Imports (Quota No. 1) Order, 1934, as originally made by the Executive Council on the 31st August, 1934, regulated the importation into Saorstát Eireann of 54 specified sizes of outer covers and inner tubes of pneumatic tyres for motor cars. By Control of Imports (Quota No. 1) (Amendment) Order, 1935, made by the Executive Council on the 22nd March, 1935, inner tubes were removed from the scope of Control of Imports (Quota No. 1) Order, 1934, as from the 1st April, 1935, and the Order thenceforward applied only to outer covers of pneumatic tyres for motor cars. The Dunlop factory in Cork came into full production of 15 of the specified sizes of outer covers on the 1st July, 1935, and by Control of Imports (Quota No. 1) (Amendment No. 2) Order, 1935, made by the Executive Council on the 18th June, 1935, those 15 sizes were removed from the scope of quota No. 1 Order, 1934. and were made the subject of a new quota Order, viz.: Control of Imports (Quota No. 19) Order, 1935, made by the Executive Council on the 18th June, 1935. Quotas which were little more than nominal were appointed in respect of the last mentioned Order so that the whole of the Free State market was available to the Dunlop Company in those sizes.
The Dunlop Company has now come into full production of 30 additional sizes which are still subject to quota No. 1 Order, 1934, and it is not their intention at any time to produce outer covers of the remaining nine sizes which are expressed in metric measurements. These nine sizes were actually brought within the scope of quota restrictions in order to discourage the substitution of French manufactured tyres on cars of French manufacture, a tendency towards which had been manifesting itself as a result of the operations of the Saorstát representatives of a firm of French tyre manufacturers. As, however, certain French cars are assembled in the Saorstát for the equipment of which quantities of tyres of those nine sizes are required, it will continue to be necessary to have an appreciable quota in respect of quota No. 1 Order, 1934. As matters stand at present, licences issued in respect of such quotas as well as being used for the importation of French tyres, could also be used for the importation of tyres of any of the other 30 sizes still subject to the Quota Order and which the Dunlop Company is now producing in full.
While anxious to facilitate the importation of French tyres to meetbona fide requirements, it was essential to prevent licences issued for that purpose from being used to any extent whatever for the importation of tyres which the Dunlop factory is manufacturing and, in order to prevent such abuse of licences, quota No. 1 Order has been still further amended by the removal from its scope of the 30 sizes which the Dunlop factory is now producing. Control of Imports (Quota No. 19) Order, 1935, has also been amended by the inclusion within its scope of those 30 sizes so that the last mentioned Order, in respect of which minimum quotas only were appointed, applies to the full range of outer covers manufactured by the Dunlop Company. This simply means that the amendment of the Order was necessary because the Dunlop Company are now in full production of the 30 sizes mentioned. The nine which are not in production are still being allowed in under licence.