HC Deb 15 July 1946 vol 425 cc847-8
25. Mr. Sidney Shephard

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that Messrs. Cussons, Sons and Company, Limited, of Kersal Vale, Manchester, have been granted a licence to export £100,000 value of toilet soap to the U.S.A.; and, in view of the recent cut in supplies to British housewives, if he will cancel this licence and reserve all available supplies to the home market.

Sir S. Cripps

In December last, this firm inquired whether a licence would be granted for the export of special toilet soap to the U.S.A. In view of the special advantages to our export trade, they were informed, after consultation with the Ministry of Food, that a licence would be granted. The firm did not apply for a licence, however, until 2nd July and, as matters now stand, I am not prepared to grant the licence. The firm have been informed accordingly.