HC Deb 16 December 1952 vol 509 cc1185-6
27. Mr. Jay

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in any further relaxa- tion of controls on imports into the United Kingdom, he will give priority to food rather than manufactured goods.

Mr. Mackeson

No, Sir. I do not think it is practicable to lay down any general order of priority such as the right hon. Member suggests. We shall endeavour to maintain a reasonable balance between the requirements of our own economy and the economic and commercial interests of the countries which normally trade with us.

Mr. Jay

As the Government made the main cut a year ago in foodstuffs, why do they now give so much higher priority to goods like decorated pottery and textiles? Will they not consider the home consumer as well as the foreign producer?

Mr. Mackeson

Yes, Sir, all these considerations are borne in mind.