There were no imports; from Great Britain; in fact we export washing machines to Great Britain. The imports from the United States amounted to $702,000-last year.
If I may say a word in reply to the two hon. members from Manitoba who have spoken, I would say that the record before me shows that there has been quite an increase-in the imports of washing machines since the 1935 agreement, which, it will be remembered, reduced the duty from 35 per cent to 25 per cent. With the coming into full operation of this agreement the present effective rate of 28 per cent, including excise tax,, will of course be reduced to 25 per cent. But I call attention to the fact that during: the three years 1936 to 1938 inclusive, imports did increase from $272,000 to $702,000. They trebled in value. The number of machines-imported increased five-fold during that period. I shall, however, take note of the-representations that have been made suggesting that a tariff board inquiry might be desirable. I do not undertake that such a reference will be made, but the matter will' be looked into from that point of view. At the present time we have quite an export business; exports have grown as rapidly as; the imports. Last year we exported a total of $1,481,000 worth of washing machines, the great bulk of which went to the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. I shall take note of the suggestions made by my hon. friends and find out what the facts are.
Subtopic: CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT