HC Deb 01 July 1948 vol 452 cc234-5W
73. Mr. Molson

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a consignment of rubber soles and heels with nails for affixing the heels to boots of a total value of £327 are now ready packed at Vol-Crepe Limited, Glossop, for export to Jamaica but that under Ref. No. 6/2/2720/48 the Export Licensing Branch of the Board of Trade have refused, except under complicated conditions, an export licence for the nails which are valued at approximately £5; whether he will give orders for a licence to be issued forthwith in this case and for subsequent similar orders; and whether he will relieve industry of vexatious controls of this kind which hamper the export trade.

Mr. H. Wilson

An export licence was issued on 28th June and further similar consignments will be approved subject to the general supply situation. I regret that owing to the present shortage of wire nails it is not yet possible to release them from export licensing control.