HC Deb 01 March 1951 vol 484 cc2271-2
11. Mr. Fort

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement about the policy of allowing exports of rayon filament from the United Kingdom when supplies are inadequate here.

Mr. H. Wilson

The producers of rayon filament yarn have restricted deliveries for export since the beginning of the year when output began to be affected by the shortage of sulphur. The position is being examined in detail in consultation with the producers of filament yarn to see what further reductions in exports may be justified.

Mr. Fort

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell the House what the percentage reduction made by the producers was earlier this year, and whether that is beginning favourably to affect the supplies of filament yarn to the home market?

Mr. Wilson

Exports of yarn in January were 891,000 lb. against an average of about 2 million lb. last year and that is already having an effect on home supplies.

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