HC Deb 24 July 1947 vol 440 c158W
7. Mrs. Ayrton Gould

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that laundry machinery is being imported from the U.S.A. to help in the production drive and that, at the same time, similar machinery is being exported to soft currency countries and if he will arrange, in future, that machinery essential to industry here is not exported when it involves similar machinery being bought with dollars for use here.

Sir S. Cripps

In a few cases only have machines of a type manufactured in this country been imported from the U.S.A. Present exports of laundry machinery, which represent only a very small proportion of total United Kingdom output, are necessary to enable British manufacturers to establish a basis for their long-term export business.