Report from the select committee on the laws relating to the export of tools and machinery.
(London?), “ordered by the House of Commons to be printed” 1825.
8vo. 52pp. Original printed wrappers, slightly defective at foot. A fresh copy.
An interesting report mostly concerned with the export of prohibited machinery, a problem of pre-industrialisation systems trying to adapt and rethink categories. Prohibited machinery at the time were such items as tools used in the manufacture of silk, cotton and linen goods (including stocking frames) and also tools for iron and steel working, as Britain entered into fierce competition with other European countries. The Committee was chaired by the Scottish Radical MP Joseph Hume.