HC Deb 17 May 1960 vol 623 cc1084-5
25. Dr. D. Johnson

asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the importance of the export industry, what guidance he gives to British exporters with regard to the importance of the proper packaging of goods for export, with a view to ensuring their delivery in undamaged condition on arrival at their destination.

Mr. Maudling

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for drawing attention to this important matter and I agree with him generally. It is not for the Government to give expert advice in this matter, but exporters have available the excellent services provided by the Institute of Packaging and the Printing and Allied Trades Research Association.

Dr. Johnson

Is my right hon. Friend aware that I have been given an instance of a consignment of fragile goods needed for the construction of a factory in the Middle East arriving in no less than a 72 per cent. damaged condition? Will he draw attention to the services upon which he has remarked at every possible opportunity in the future in view of the endless delay and the general loss of prestige which occur on these occasions?

Mr. Maudling

I would not generalise from a particular instance. I should be grateful for more information on that case.