HC Deb 10 May 1951 vol 487 cc2140-1
23. Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will review the licensing of exports of rayon and cotton yarns in view of the shortage of these yarns for looms in Lancashire.

Sir H. Shawcross

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the replies given to the hon. Members for Cheadle (Mr. Shepherd) and for Westmorland (Mr. Vane) on 12th April, and to the hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale (Mr. Erroll) on 19th April. I may add that exports of spun rayon yarns will be controlled by an order coming into force on 14th May.

Colonel Hutchison

While I realise the complications of the Question, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind that the cloth in the piece earns more currency than do the yarns which go to compose it? Has he had any representations from the British Rayon Federation on the question?

Sir H. Shawcross

The whole matter is in course of consideration and discussion now with the industry. I will certainly bear in mind the point which the hon. and gallant Gentleman makes.

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