§ 22. Mr. Nabarro
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now permit carpet manufacturers and others to import on private account, independent of the Jute Control, such jute manufactured goods, including yarn, from India and Pakistan and elsewhere, as are required for carpet manufacture and other manufactures in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Nabarro
That was a very unsatisfactory reply. Is it not the fact that if British carpet manufacturers and others 1451 engaged in similar industries were allowed direct access to supplies from India and Pakistan of jute manufactured goods and yarn, they could, therefore, buy more cheaply and assist their own export prices for British manufactured carpets?
§ Mr. Thorneycroft
I am sensible that there might be advantages in altering this policy but there would be substantial disadvantages for Dundee and manufacturers here. I am not in a position to tell my hon. Friend that we propose to change our policy.
§ Captain Duncan
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the suggestion contained in the Question would bring ruin to Dundee and the surrounding area? Will he take what steps he can to stop my hon. Friend the Member for Kidderminster (Mr. Nabarro) from asking such tactless questions?
§ Mr. Nabarro
Is it the correct interpretation of my hon. and gallant Friend's supplementary question that he is now in favour of nationalisation?