asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent he intends to restrict the re-export of tobacco and cigarettes made in this country from imported U.S. leaf; and what proportion of these exports will be going to soft- and hard-currency countries.
It is not intended to restrict exports of tobacco and cigarettes manufactured in this country, since this would merely force sterling area countries, to which the bulk of our exports go, to buy instead from the U.S.A. with dollars supplied in the main by the United Kingdom. Moreover, they would presumably have to buy manufactured tobacco and cigarettes, costing 2½ times as many dollars as an equal quantity of tobacco and cigarettes made in the United Kingdom from imported American leaf. As regards the last part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given today by my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury to my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield (Mr. Ernest Davies).