§ Mr. Prescott
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that textile firms are increasingly hampered in the export market by virtue of exchange 53W controls and other import restrictions; and what steps His Majesty's Government are taking to assist them.
§ Mr. Bottomley
Yes. The reasons for the difficulties vary from country to country and our ability to assist depends upon the circumstances in each case. One of our chief aims in trade negotiations is to secure the removal or relaxation of restrictions against imports of United Kingdom goods of all kinds including textiles, and wherever appropriate we press for this as energetically as possible.