HC Deb 05 July 1956 vol 555 c1523
25. Mr. Green

asked the President of the Board of Trade by what percentage exports of textiles from this country to India have increased in the past 12 months.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

By 41 per cent. in the 12 months ended May, 1956, compared with the previous 12 months.

Mr. Green

I welcome this increase, but does it not indicate that, given a fair crack of the whip, Lancashire can still make headway in the textile markets? Will he impress this thought on our Indian friends at the present time?

Mr. Thorneycroft

I certainly consider these figures to be encouraging and to indicate that Lancashire can produce quality goods and command these markets. I will bear in mind my hon. Friend's suggestion and the course of action he proposes.