20. Mr. Creech Jones
asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent the release of woollen piece goods already prepared for shipment to the United States of America has been refused and export licences for woollen goods held up in respect to North and South America; and will he make a statement on the Government's policy on this matter?
§ Mr. Dalton
Licences have been granted for the export of all piece goods produced from wool allocated for that purpose. The arrangements for the control of exports of woollen piece goods are well known to the trade, and loyally accepted by them. The total available for export is now barely sufficient to meet minimum Empire requirements. The policy of His Majesty's Government on this matter is to give priority to the essential needs of the home market and of the Empire.