HC Deb 13 November 1952 vol 507 cc1115-6
37. Mr. Russell

asked the President of the Board of Trade the value of the total exports of bottle-washing machinery to Australia in 1950, 1951 and 1952 to the latest convenient date; and if he will make representations to the Australian Government against their refusal to issue further licences.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

I regret that this information is not available. Bottle-washing machinery is not separately distinguished in the official trade statistics. My Department have written to the manufacturers who are, I understand, principally concerned, and the United Kingdom Senior Trade Commissioner in Australia has been asked to make inquiries. When I have his report the matter can be considered further.

38. Mr. Awbery

asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent exports to Australia have fallen during the past nine months as compared with the equivalent period last year; and what are the chief industries affected in this country.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

United Kingdom exports to Australia during the first nine months of this year were valued at £179 million compared with £222 million in the corresponding period of 1951. A wide range of industries was affected, but the decline in exports was particularly marked in the textiles group and in the motor industry.

Mr. Awbery

What action is the right hon. Gentleman taking now to provide work for the people thrown out of employment as the result of the loss of orders from Australia?

Mr. Thorneycroft

These questions of intra-Imperial trade will be among those which will fall to be discussed during the forthcoming conference.