HC Deb 02 December 1965 vol 721 cc1628-9
40. Mr. Dance

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he will announce details of the textiles imports quota from Hong Kong which is due to come into force in 1966.

Mr. Jay

I have agreed that Hong Kong may after 1st January export up to half the quota which I have proposed for her in 1966. This will keep trade moving while international discussions are proceeding on my proposals as a whole.

Mr. Dance

Will the President of the Board of Trade give a positive assurance that this loyal and tremendously efficient Colony will not get another kick in the teeth such as he gave it recently on the carry-over question?

Mr. Jay

Obviously, the hon. Member is badly informed on this matter.

Mr. Fisher

Will the President of the Board of Trade nevertheless recognise that Hong Kong, being a Colonial Dependency and, therefore, relying entirely on us in the Geneva negotiations, should be represented effectively and that her interests, which are vital to her continuing prosperity, should be specially the care of the right hon. Gentleman?

Mr. Jay

Yes, certainly, we recognise a special obligation to Hong Kong. That is why we are offering a quota which is based on the previous figure but will allow for growth year by year.

Mr. Blackburn

Will my right hon. Friend also bear in mind that the home industry has its case, too?

Mr. Jay

Yes, Sir.