§ 92. Mr. ATKEY
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, at the inter view given to the representatives of the Nottingham Embroidery Manufacturers' Association by Sir Frank Warner's Committee at the office of the Controller of Imports on the 1st April last, it was distinctly stated that the ration of imported embroideries about to be fixed would be operative until the 1st of September; whether this ration has been increased, and the period extended from 1st September 552 to 1st November; whether the effect of this change of policy without any consultation of those whose interests are vitally concerned will seriously prejudice the development of the English embroidery trade which, treated with consideration, would undoubtedly become an important industry, providing employment for many; people?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
The only practicable method of administering this ration is to calculate it upon a value basis. Owing to the large increase in the value of embroideries as compared with that in the standard year, an increase of the percentage admissible on a value basis had to be sanctioned, as the quantity was less than the quantity authorised, and as a result the imports now admitted are certainly not greater than the amount authorised. In regard to the second part of the question, I would draw attention to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for the Rushcliffe Division of Nottinghamshire on the 28th July.