§ 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.