asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the three licensing offices now in existence in the occupied area (Franco-Belgian, Ruhr and German) are all working against one another, and are causing great confusion; and if he will accede to the request of the British Chemical Trade Association that a new licensing office should be opened at Cologne, which should have full authority to deal with goods consigned to this country.
I am aware that the absence of a central authority for the uniform regulation of trade with the occupied territories has led to some confusion, but the present licensing arrangements are now under review, and His Majesty's Government are in communication with the French Government on the matter. I have every reason to hope that the new arrangements will improve conditions in this respect. As regards the last part, of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply returned to his similar question on the 26th March.