Cotton Piece Goods, Manchester.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 2nd July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Samuel Hammersley Mr Samuel Hammersley , Willesden East

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can make a statement with reference to the stocks of cotton piece goods originally intended for the Dutch East Indies and now lying idle in Manchester warehouses?

Photo of Mr Harcourt Johnstone Mr Harcourt Johnstone , Middlesbrough West

No, Sir, but I understand that negotiations are proceeding satisfactorily.

Photo of Mr Samuel Hammersley Mr Samuel Hammersley , Willesden East

Will the hon. Gentleman inform the House under what powers the Board of Trade is preventing the owners of cargoes from disposing of them?

Photo of Mr Harcourt Johnstone Mr Harcourt Johnstone , Middlesbrough West

Under the powers under which it issues export licences.

Photo of Mr Samuel Hammersley Mr Samuel Hammersley , Willesden East

When do you expect a definite decision?

Photo of Mr Harcourt Johnstone Mr Harcourt Johnstone , Middlesbrough West

I think the hon. Member has been informed privately that there is a meeting to-day between the interested parties, and we hope that negotiations will be concluded very rapidly.