HC Deb 13 November 1952 vol 507 cc1098-9
15. Air Commodore Harvey

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will further reduce the quota for the importation of tie silk from abroad when next considering this question.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

There is no separate import quota for tie silk. As has already been announced, there will be a single quota for imports of textile piecegoods from Western European and certain other foreign countries in the first six months of 1953. The value of this quota will be determined in the light of our balance of payments position.

Air Commodore Harvey

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that foreign materials brought into Britain for making up into ties is sold with a label on it, "Made in Britain"? It is not fair on the tie industry, which has had a very rough time.

Mr. Thorneycroft

Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend would raise that matter separately. This Question refers to the quota for imported piece goods. As I say, no separate quota is, in fact, granted.