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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Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth 12:00 am, 30th October 1952

Yes, Sir, but while the value of these imports has risen over the period, the quantity has fallen. Imports this year have included considerable quantities of canvas for the defence programme which is appreciably dearer than the grey cloth normally imported. These contracts were placed in Japan between February and September, 1951, at a time when capacity was not available in this country. I understand that they have now been completed, and I do not think any further action is necessary.