§ 25. Mr. Channon
asked the President of the Board of Trade what estimate he has made of the likely level of imports for the next six-month period.
§ Mr. Channon
Does the President of the Board of Trade agree that the way the announcement of the partial removal of the import surcharge was made was rather unfortunate, with so much notice being given? Inevitably there will be an enormous backlog waiting to come in as soon as the surcharge is removed.
§ Mr. A. Royle
Will the right hon. Gentleman again look at the position of Hong Kong, which is suffering very badly from the import surcharge? Would he consider making an exception for this Colony?
§ Mr. Barber
In the estimate of the level of imports which the right hon. Gentleman will have made within his Department, no doubt he will have taken into account the balance of trade on petrol and petroleum products. With a view to deterring an increase in the importation of these products, will the President of the Board of Trade give a categorical assurance that the Government will have no truck with the Motion tabled by some of his hon. Friends which has appeared on the Order Paper this morning advocating the complete nationalisation of British Petroleum?