HC Deb 14 July 1924 vol 176 cc30-1

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he is aware that difficulty is being experienced by British firms in getting licences to export woollen goods into Hungary to such an extent that they are unable to carry out the orders which they are receiving from that country; and whether he sees any prospect of the abolition of the Hungarian import licensing system, or whether His Majesty's Government can take any further steps conducive to that end?


I have received complaints from British firms as regards the effect of the Hungarian import restrictions on the trade in woollen goods. As indicated in my reply to the hon. Member's question of 12th May last, continuing efforts are being made to remove the difficulties in the way of our export trade to Hungary, but I fear they cannot be entirely eliminated until the system of import restrictions is abolished. This step is in contemplation, and I hope that it may be taken as soon as those responsible for Hungary's finances consider that this can be done with safety.