HC Deb 23 March 1948 vol 448 c2771
70. Mr. Teeling

asked the President of the Board of Trade what machinery is being offered for sale from this country in Japan; and what instructions have the representatives of his Ministry concerning the sale of new textile machinery to the Japanese.

Mr. Bottomley

I have no knowledge of any offer of machinery from this country to Japan. At present the Supreme Commander's import programme does not include any textile machinery, so that the question of special instructions does not arise.

Mr. Teeling

Does the hon. Gentleman realise that representatives of the industry out in Japan are looking into the question of what textile machinery can be sold? I do not say it is being sold, but are plans and preparations being made for it to be sold in the future?

Mr. Bottomley

Not that I am aware. Indeed, we ourselves are purchasing looms from Japan.