§ 31 and 32. Mr. Anthony Greenwood
asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) if he will make a statement on the decision of the Australian Government to ban imports of printed cotton textiles; and what representations he has made to the Australian Government as to the effect this decision will have on the British textile industry;
(2) what representations he has received from the cotton textile industry about the decision of the Australian Government to ban imports of printed cotton textiles.
§ Mr. Erroll
As hon. Members may have seen, the Australian Minister for Trade has announced that licensing of printed cotton piecegoods will be resumed on 1st April. My right hon. Friend has received representations from the Cotton Board and the Manchester Chamber of Commerce in respect of orders which may have been frustrated by the temporary suspension of licensing and our Senior Trade Commissioner in Canberra has been asked to pursue this question with the Australian authorities.