HC Deb 26 July 1951 vol 491 cc622-3
14. Mr. Russell

asked the President of the Board of Trade why there was a heavy reduction in the quantities of un-manufactured tobacco imported from India and from Nyasaland in the first six months of 1951 compared with the corresponding period of 1950.

Sir H. Shawcross

Since traders are free to import from these countries as much tobacco as they choose, I assume they are satisfied that the quantities are sufficient for their requirements.

Mr. Russell

Is it not a fact that all imports have to be under licence, even though the imports are made by private traders? Is it certain that no licences to import from these countries are being refused?

Sir H. Shawcross

Yes, Sir.