Silk Fabrics

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd July 1952.

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Air Commodore Harvey:

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, when deciding new import quotas of silk fabric, he will take into account the trade recession which now exists in the industry in this country.

Photo of Brigadier Sir Harry Mackeson Brigadier Sir Harry Mackeson , Folkestone and Hythe

Yes, Sir. The availability of supplies from home production will certainly be taken into account together with all other relevant considerations.

Air Commodore Harvey:

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that one of the causes for the recession in the silk trade is because of the generous quota allowed to foreign manufacturers by the previous Administration? Will my hon. Friend deal with this matter at the earliest possible opportunity?

Photo of Brigadier Sir Harry Mackeson Brigadier Sir Harry Mackeson , Folkestone and Hythe

The quotas for this year have been fixed and are considerably lower than imports last year.