§ 2.35 p.m.
My Lords, I beg leave to ask Her Majesty's Government the first Question which stands in my name on the Order Paper.
§ [The Question was as follows:
§ To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will state—
- (1) the total value of Chinese silk piece goods for which applications for import licences have been submitted since November 5, 1959, when the new restrictions on trade with China were introduced;
- (2) the number and total value of licences granted;
- (3) the number of applications wholly or partially rejected; and
- (4) the total value of silk piece goods for which licences have been refused.]
§ THE MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO (THE EARL OF DUNDEE)
My Lords, licence applications to a total value of £1,606,711 have been received since November 5 last. Licences to a value of £710,067 have been issued in respect of 29 applications for a total value of £936,470. Thirty-five applications for a total value of £670,241 have been rejected.