HC Deb 12 July 1955 vol 543 c1723
11. Mr. Crouch

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the value of motor cars exported during the past twelve months; and the value of those fitted with flashing indicators.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

In the twelve months ended May, 1955, the value of new complete motor cars exported was £ 115 million. Cars fitted with flashing light indicators are not separately distinguished in the trade accounts, but I understand that almost all the cars exported would have been fitted with indicators of that kind.

Mr. Crouch

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the reason given for the fitting of these flashing lights is that the export trade demands them? I should have thought that, in that case, a record would have been kept of those cars which had been exported with these monstrosities and of those fitted with the straightforward indicators.

Mr. Thorneycroft

The exporters sell their customers what they want. It is not for me to instruct them in the matter.