§ 20. Mr. F. Willey
asked the President of the Board of Trade what control he exercises over the import of barley from dollar sources.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
Barley may at present be imported freely from all sources under open individual licence valid for six months at a time but issued in advance so as to allow traders to make forward contracts. These licences do not set a limit on the amount which may be imported, but each trader has to report his imports and commitments to the Ministry of Food.
§ Mr. Willey
Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that the Government 1788 are in an awful mess about barley and that he really ought to be more helpful to the Minister of Food?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
Is there no limit to the amount of dollars that are to be spent on this commodity and in that way gravely affect our balance of trade?