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Major Courtenay Morgan at Rogerstone. 15 At a smoking concert., organised by the Bassallesr Conservative Association, and held at the Drill Hall, Rogerstone, under the presidency of Mr L Forestier-Walker on Monday, Major Morgan dealt with the present industrial condition of Monmouthshire. The prosperity of the working man in that district, he said. depended upon the prosperity of the iron and steel trade at the works in which he was employed. What was good for the working man was that the works should always be going full time, and that he should earn the full amount of wages. (" Hear, hear." and applause.) But if they allowed this absolutely unfair and unrestricted foreign com- petition to go on, how long would it be before the iron and steel works in that county and in their country would have to be shut down ? When their opponents dealt with this question they did not appear to grasp the seriousness of the situation One of the reasons their opponents gave for the depression in the iron and steel trade was that their works were not fitted up to modern require- ments. (A Voice: If They are wrong") If they took the Pontymister Works, for instance, they were fitted up with ALL THE LATEST IMPROVEMENTS and inventions. They had spent £ 30,000 in bringing the works up to the highest state of efficiency within the last three years, and yet they were told that in all probability in a very short time those works would be closed down. He (Major Morgan) had an opportunity the other day, by kind permission of Mr Steer and Mr Williams, of going over their works at Rogerstone. Anything more complete or up-to-date it would be impossible to imagine. (" Hear, hear," and applause.) And yet they were told that owing to the present condition of their industrial system they were unable to compete or to hold their own with foreign competition. Given equal opportunities, and an equality of competition they need never fear for the prosperity of the iron and steel trade in this country. ("Hear, hear," and applause.) Only in October last 28,753 tons of steel bars and billets were landed at Newport, and they heard the threat that some 200,000 more tons were likely to come from America. In the same month 16,107 tons of iron ore were put down at Newport, instead of four or five times that amount four or five years ago. That would show them that the raw material on which they were employing the working men of this country was getting less. while the manufactured articles, on the making-up of which they should be employed, were getting more. THEY COULD MAKE STEEL BARS and billets at Rogerstone which would compare with steel bars or billets made anywhere in the world, and they should be making them instead of the foraigner. (Loud applause.) Well, what was the remedy? In his opinion, what was reauired was Protection in a moderate form, call it retaliatory tariffs or any other name they liked (Cheers.)

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