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Exports of bicycles have dropped because of local manufacture coupled with import restrictions and increased competition. The industry is making vigorous efforts to increase its exports. In this it can rely on all the help which my Department can give.
Is not one of the strongest reasons the increasing popularity of foreign-made powered cycles or "mopeds"? Is not one of the reasons for this the Government's refusal to ratify the Annexe to the Traffic Convention of 1949? Will he enter into consultations with the Minister of Transport on this question, because this seems to be the only means of stimulating cycle exports from this country?
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his Department for Overseas Trade needs a very good shake-up indeed? Is he aware that there is case after case on the records of his Department of the mishandling of export inquiries? Will he give this matter his earliest and immediate attention?