HC Deb 29 July 1952 vol 504 c1255
30. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of growing complaints in overseas markets about British manufactures, he will set up an export standards bureau to supervise and improve the quality of British exports.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

No, Sir.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in a number of Commonwealth legislatures recently the quality of British manufactured exports has been very severely criticised? Are not British exports getting a bad name because certain manufacturers are exporting cheap and shoddy goods?

Mr. Thorneycroft

We produce better goods than anybody else in the world. A great deal of the criticism comes from our competitors in other countries.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

This was said in Commonwealth legislatures.

Mr. Shepherd

Do not statements such as those which have just been made, without any knowledge, do a tremendous amount of damage to the prestige of this country?