HC Deb 11 April 1940 vol 359 cc710-1
76. Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether, in view of the difficulties caused to British exporters of textile goods by the inability of textile manufacturers to quote firm prices, he will take steps, in co-operation with the Export Council, to overcome this handicap to our export trade?

Mr. Shakespeare

The Export Council is in close consultation with the Ministry of Supply and the appropriate export groups as to the various steps which can be taken to assist exporters to quote firm prices.

Mr. Strauss

The reply is in very broad terms. I asked whether steps are being taken to deal with this specific difficulty. If so, what are those steps?

Mr. Shakespeare

There are about 12 export groups formed, or in process of formation, for the textile industry. Each one of these will get in touch with the appropriate controller, to try to secure the principle the hon. Gentleman has in mind.