HC Deb 17 February 1948 vol 447 c204W
91. Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many trades and industries are limited by his Department to a maximum value of annual sales in the home market; and what was the total value of the goods sold within such maxima for the year 1947.

Mr. Bottomley

Four of the Control Orders operated by my Department limit sales in the home market by specific reference to value: one of these deals with a large number of miscellaneous goods which cannot be classified into a definite number of trades and industries. A number of the other controls, by regulating the volume of production or the consumption of material, have a similar effect. In reply to the second half of the Question, the only industry in which each manufacturer is limited to a maximum value of home sales is the manufacture of musical instruments. The total value of home sales of musical instruments during 1947 was £168,978 against a licensed maximum of £196,475 at manufacturers' prices. In the other cases sales below a certain minimum value are permitted without licence and the total value of sales is consequently not known.