HC Deb 19 April 1955 vol 540 c6
9. Mr. Russell

asked the President of the Board of Trade what restrictions are imposed on the imports of bismuth metal.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Imports of bismuth from the dollar area are limited for balance of payments reasons to a value of £500,000 a year. Imports from all countries outside the dollar area are freely admitted under the open general licence.

Mr. Russell

Can my right hon. Friend say how the restrictions on the imports of bismuth compare with those on other metals such as copper, bearing in mind the difference in value of the quantities imported?

Mr. Thorneycroft

Not without notice.