HC Deb 09 May 1950 vol 475 c205
81. Mr. A. Edward Davies

asked the President of the Board of Trade what requests he has received recently to release limited quantities of decorated earthenware and china for the home market; from whom received; and what are his intentions in respect of same.

Mr. Rhodes

Representations have been received from a number of trade associations for the release of limited quantities of decorated china and earthenware for sale in the home market. These are under consideration. It may be possible to relax the restrictions on such sales for certain special lines, but I am satisfied that for the sake of our dollar revenue the restrictions must continue for decorated china and earthenware generally. Certain quantities of export rejects and frustrated exports are already available.

Mr. Davies

May I ask my hon. Friend whether, before coming to any final decision, he will consult with the society representing the workers, who have a wide knowledge of this problem?

Mr. Rhodes

I will bear that in mind when the matter comes up for consideration.