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WALES AND TARIFF REFORM. Discussion by the London Welsh Conservatives. The monthly meeting of the London Welsh Conservative Association on Monday evening was devoted to a consideration of Tariff Reform as it affects Wales. Dr. Rutherfoord Harris, M.P., was to have taken the chair, but in his absence Mr. E. Micholls, Unionist candidate for the Monmouth Boroughs, presided. Mr. J. Lort Williams read a paper on Tariff Reform, in which he urged that agriculture, in which Wales was interested, had suffered from the system of Free Trade, whilst in the iron and steel trade one of the evil results was shown in the fact that numerous works in Wales had been closed. In the course of the discussion, Mr. Simner said that Wales had suffered through the attempts of the Americans and the French to send their slates to the British Isles. It had been shown that people would not invest in a Welsh slate quarry. Mr. G. F. Mortimer, as a Welsh Conserva- tive, expressed the opinion that it was discredit- able to Welsh Conservatism that in the first bye-election upon Tariff Reform the Conserva- tive party in West Monmouthshire accepted a candidate who held no single Conservative opinion, except that he was a whole-hogger upon the question of Tariff Reform. He thought it was the best thing for Conservatism that that candidate was beaten, although he was preaching to the electors of the division the doctrine which was supposed to be especially fitted to their requirements. Referring to the iron, steel, and tin-plate trades, he contended that those trades had increased and were at present in a satisfactory condition. Messrs. R. O. Roberts, F. Pennant, David Williams, and others also took part in the debate. In responding to a vote of thanks, the Chair- man said that the policy he advocated was that advocated by Mr. Balfour. He showed that in one year a total of 260,000 tons of produce was imported at Newport, and the whole of that quantity could have been produced in Newport and the district. Whilst he agreed with the necessity of some measure of Tariff Reform, he did not go so far as Mr. Chamberlain advocated.



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