HC Deb 21 September 1948 vol 456 cc65-6W
90. Mr. Teeling

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps are being taken to develop our trade with the Philippines; and what are we exporting to these islands at present.

Mr. Bottomley

The Philippine Republic is regarded as the equivalent of a dollar market, and all possible encouragement location of each factory and the number of people to be employed, stating men, women, boys, girls and disabled ex-Service men separately; and when it is anticipated the new development will commence operations.

Mr. Belcher

Four Midland firms have taken possession of new or existing premises in Monmouthshire since the end of the war, and I am circulating details in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the information:

is therefore given to firms desiring to export to that destination. The First Secretary (Commercial) in Manila has recently been asked to report any available means of increasing this trade still further and to investigate any complaints of delays or difficulties in meeting particular orders. Exports to the Philippines during the first seven months of this year totalled £2,114,857 as compared with £454,695 for the same period last year and £745,000 for the whole of 1938.