HC Deb 23 January 1947 vol 432 cc348-9
28. Mr. Benn Levy

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the difficulties of artists and art schools caused by the shortage of essential working materials; and if he will give an estimate of the approximate loss in cash value if the export of these materials were discontinued until reasonable home needs were satisfied.

Sir S. Cripps

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative, and to the second part, that exports are now running at about £140,000 a quarter. I would, however, point out that supplies to the home market are already above the prewar level.

Mr. Levy

In view of the very small sum involved, and the very small loss to the export trade, will not my right hon. and learned Friend reconsider this matter in view of the shortages that exist?

Sir S. Cripps

Unfortunately the exports from this country are made up of a great number of small items, and if each one is attacked individually, there will be nothing left.