HC Deb 21 January 1947 vol 432 cc9-10W
80. Mr. Rankin

asked the President of the Board of Trade the quantity of polished plate glass exported in each month of the last quarter of 1946, and the imports for the same months.

Mr. Belcher

The quantity of polished plate glass imported and exported in October, November and December, 1946, was as follows:

in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika under an agreement with the producers, which provides for the adjustment of buying prices in relation to changes in costs of production. The purchase ensures that the needs of the United Kingdom and of certain other countries for sisal for the manufacture of binder twine and other essential purposes can be met in so far as the supply position permits. In these circumstances, it is not the policy of His Majesty's Government to make profits on re-sale. Sales, other than in the United Kingdom, are mainly to the Dominions and India. Sales to continental countries are small, and no sales have been made to the United States for many months. It is understood that the major part of the output of Portuguese African sisal is sold to the United States at prices much lower than those mentioned.

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