Woollen Textile Industry.
Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.
Mr Willie Brooke (Batley and Morley)
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any trade agreements have been entered into with foreign countries during the last 12 months affecting the woollen textile industry; and, if so, whether he can give particulars and say what effect such agreements have had upon the woollen textile industry?
Mr Walter Runciman (St Ives)
Trade agreements containing specific provisions relating to the United Kingdom wool textile industry have been concluded during the last 12 months with Denmark, Turkey, Peru and Italy. In the four months which have elapsed since the conclusion of the agreement with Denmark, exports of woollen and worsted tissues to Denmark have increased in value as compared with the corresponding period of last year by approximately 13 per cent. The other agreements are of too recent date for their effects on the industry to be assessed.