HC Deb 02 November 1954 vol 532 cc203-4
37. Mr. Bottomley

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many applications for licences to export machine tools to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics are at present under consideration by his Department; and the total value of the goods involved.

Mr. Low

Eight applications. The value of the goods is £1,400,000.

Mr. Bottomley

In view of the importance of the Russian market in particular to the machine tool industry, and bearing in mind that our competitors are getting in and getting these markets, ought not the right hon. Gentleman to give special attention to this subject?

Mr. Low

I am, of course, ready to give special attention to this subject; but I do not think there is any reason to be anxious about this particular case. I have ascertained from the manufacturers that no business is being lost or held up. All the eight applications relate to orders for delivery several months ahead.