The DIRECTOR OF TRADE AND COMMERCE moved:—
"That the Ministry be authorised to prohibit the importation from Great Britain of any classes of goods irrespective of their country of origin."
This motion, he explained, was supplementary to the previous Decree made by the Dáil regarding the Boycott of English goods. He considered that they should be empowered to prevent importation through England when suitable opportunities arose.
The SUBSTITUTE MINISTER FOR LABOUR seconded. He said it was particularly important that they should have direct agents in Ireland for foreign houses instead of sub-agents of English firms.
The MINISTER FOR DEFENCE said he did not object to the proposal so long as it was merely authorising the Ministry to act when considered practicable.
The MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT thought it was a very big responsibility to place on the shoulders of a few men, most of whom had not business experience.
The motion was put and carried.