HC Deb 29 November 1951 vol 494 cc1703-4
30. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will ban the importation of all cigars from hard currency areas during the period of the present financial difficulties.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

The only significant imports allowed will be the limited quantities to be permitted in 1952 and 1953 under the trade agreement with Cuba of August last.

Mr. Donnelly

Will the Minister undertake to consult with his right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on this matter?

Mr. Thorneycroft

I consult my right hon. Friend on all occasions.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Winston Churchill)

I have not for quite a long time imported any cigars from hard currency areas. I have nevertheless received some from time to time.