Japanese Cotton Imports

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th October 1952.

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Lieut.-Colonel Schofield:

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, despite unemployment in Lancashire, Japanese cotton imports into this country for the first nine months of 1952 rose to a value of £10,411,000 as against £5,915,000 in the same period last year and only £3,940,000 in the first nine months of 1950; in view of his decision in May last that no further licences were to be granted for the time being for the import of cotton textiles from Japan except in relation to outstanding commitments, in what circumstances this increase in Japanese cotton imports has taken place; and what further action he proposes to take in the matter.