84. Mr. Amory
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the delay in the delivery of the silk trade of this country's quota of raw silk supplies from Japan, which is resulting in the loss of production for export for which machinery and labour are available, and what steps he is taking to remedy this matter.
§ Mr. Belcher
I am aware of the delay. A United Kingdom purchasing agent in Japan has been recently appointed to facilitate exports to the United Kingdom generally. I understand that the first consignment of silk is now being shipped.