Interesting film about protection of British industries against foreign competition.
Begins with a short shot of what looks like a primitive clapperboard being used to begin a shot. On set is a man in Dickesnian style clothing. Rather strange. Probably unrelated to the film that follows.
Title "Safeguarding" then a subtitle over a pictorial representation of a smoky industrial town "What is Safeguarding?" This is replaced by the intertitle "A scheme to prevent the destruction of British industries by unfair foreign competition." then "Under Safeguarding, the foreign importer has to pay a duty before his goods enter Britain." An intertitle follows, this time in larger writing on a black background (for emphasis presumably) which reads: "Just as the British importer has to pay a duty when he sells abroad." Different intertitles with different typefaces continue: "These Safeguarding duties - " - "preserve the home market for British manufactures" (sic) - "compel the foreigner to set up factories in Britain." - "relieve unemployment." - "increase Britain's exports" - "lower prices." - "and produce revenue." - "Under Safeguarding Unemployment in the Lace industry has fallen by nearly one half." - "What is going to happen to the Lace Industry now that the Safeguarding Duties are being taken off?" A piece of leader has been spliced in here which reads: "Insert Lace Section."
"In musical instruments manufacture employment has increased yet prices are no higher." High angle shot of the H.M.V factory - there is a large sign on top of the factory which reads "HIS MASTER'S VOICE" Dissolve to shot of other HMV factory buildings. Interior of the factory - men work at benches. M/S of another part of the factory - lots of women at work. Women possibly making gramophone records? High angle shot of workers leaving the factory - mostly women.
"In the Motor Car Industry employment has increased all round." Piece of leader spliced in reads: "Insert Morris Section". "Look at some of the factories started in Britain by foreign firms." Continued on 3301.04.