HC Deb 14 February 1956 vol 548 c2150
17. Mr. Nabarro

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he proposes to restore private trading facilities for importing jute goods; when he proposes to wind up jute control; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Not at the present time, Sir.

Mr. Nabarro

Does that reply mean that nationalised jute control is to be a permanent feature of Tory Government policy?

Mr. Thorneycroft

It means that it has not yet been possible to find proper measures to safeguard the United Kingdom manufacturing industry in conditions conducive to efficiency without this particular form of control. However, my hon. Friend has debated this point on a number of occasions, and I need not add to it at present.

Mr. G. M. Thomson

Is the President of the Board of Trade aware that the views of his hon. Friend would cause almost immediate mass unemployment in Dundee, and that his attitude is wholly unrepresentative of the users of the product of the Dundee industry?

Mr. Thorneycroft

I am aware that the views of my hon. Friend, with whom I am on almost all occasions in complete agreement, do not on this occasion command universal acceptance.

Mr. Bottomley

The President of the Board of Trade said "not at present." Can he give an assurance that he will not do away with jute control without full consultation with employers and labour, and perhaps getting their assent?

Mr. Thorneycroft

I am sure that I shall fully take into account the views of everybody.