§ 9. Mr. Molson
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is in a position to make a statement regarding the issue of import licences in India for goods ordered before the introduction of the new Import Licensing Regulations, which took effect on 1st July?
§ The Secretary of State for India (Mr. Amery)
In the case of items in respect of which an import licence was required before 1st July for imports from the United Kingdom, any licences already granted will remain valid. In the case of items in respect of which an import assistance recommendation has been issued by the Government of India, an import licence will be granted as a matter of course on application by the importer in India. It is, therefore, safe for such items, to be shipped from this country in anticipation of the issue of the licence. In other cases exporters are advised to delay shipment until they have ascertained that an import licence has been granted in India. The Government of India are advising importers in India to take the initiative in applying for licences in respect of outstanding orders and informing suppliers here promptly when these have been obtained.