HC Deb 28 November 1944 vol 404 cc2374-5
14. Mr. Summers

asked the President of the Board of Trade in what markets the United Kingdom Commercial Corporation is at present operating and the extent to which their approval is required before export licences are granted by his department for delivery to those markets.

Mr. Dalton

I would refer my hon. Friend to the detailed Answer I gave on this subject on 1st March to my noble Friend the Member for South Dorset (Viscount Hinchingbrooke) of which I am sending him a copy. The only alteration since that date is that the Corporation has closed its office in French West Africa. The approval of the Corporation is not required before export licences are granted.

Mr. Summers

What is the cause of the delay in issuing licences for which application has been made?

Mr. Dalton

Perhaps the hon. Member will draw my attention to particular cases.