§ Mr. Windsor
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that Hull fruit brokers and merchants, with a long-standing commercial connection with 55W Iceland and capable of meeting fresh orders from that country for oranges, lemons and onions, are prevented from doing so because they cannot obtain permission to export; and, in view of the fact that the cargoes would be carried by Iceland-owned ships, will he give immediate instructions for the granting of licences and thus encourage British export trade?
§ Mr. Stanley
It is necessary to restrict exports of the commodities to which the hon. Member refers in view of home requirements; but licences are being issued as freely as circumstances allow for export to Iceland. The position is under constant review, and every opportunity will be taken to licence exports more freely.