HC Deb 15 July 1958 vol 591 cc978-9
4. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the President of the Board of Trade the estimated cost in dollars during the last financial year of the import of photographic positives of greeting cards from the United States of America.

Sir D. Eccles

Photographic positives of greeting cards are not separately distinguished in the trade returns, but the value of licences in the last financial year to import them from the United States of America was about £40,000.

Mr. Thomson

Does not the President of the Board of Trade think that it might be wiser to save some dollars here and safeguard the jobs and opportunities of British artists?

Sir D. Eccles

I am told by the trade that these positives from America are useful to them technically and for "know-how," not only for the home trade but for the export trade, which likes these designs.

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