§ 6. Mr. Fletcher-Cooke
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will take steps to ensure that imported textiles made from man-made fibres will in future be controlled through the global quota and other quota arrangements.
§ Mr. Fletcher-Cooke
Why have we agreed to this? Is it not a fact that man- 1626 made fibres compete directly with cotton goods, particularly mixtures which can contain up to as much as 49 per cent. of cotton? What sort of protection does the President envisage in that case? He will not do it by the global quota for Lancashire in this regard.
§ Mr. Jay
It was the previous Government which agreed to it. I think the hon. Member forgets that where the textile is less than 50 per cent. cotton then, although the quota does not apply, of course there is a tariff of 17½ per cent. and above which is applicable to Commonwealth as well as to non-Commonwealth goods. The tariff applies wherever the quota does not.
§ Mr. Arthur Davidson
Can my right hon. Friend say nothing about the possibility of setting up an imports commission? Why has he said nothing concrete about that recently?
§ Mr. Barber
Is the right hon. Gentleman actually saying that because the arrangements were made by the previous Government he will not consider the representations of my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Darwen (Mr. Fletcher-Cooke)?