HC Deb 19 February 1957 vol 565 cc204-5
41. Dr. Broughton

asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the relationship in value between wool textiles exported from the United Kingdom to Italy and similar goods imported from that country in 1956.

Mr. Walker-Smith

In the year ended 31st December, 1956, the value of United Kingdom exports of woollen and worsted fabrics to Italy was £1.9 million while imports were valued at £4 million.

Dr. Broughton

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that the large volume of imports of cheap Italian cloth is causing concern in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and will he and his right hon. Friend investigate thoroughly this problem and take it into account when considering further the question of a European Common Market?

Mr. Walker-Smith

Certainly the position of this industry and others is taken into account, but the hon. Gentleman will be aware that in the totality of our trade we export far more of these commodities than we import.