HC Deb 07 November 1950 vol 480 cc42-3W
89. Mr. Edward Davies

asked the President of the Board of Trade what recent changes have taken place in the quota arrangements for the importation of earthenware into New Zealand; what their effect will be upon exports from this country; and what steps are being taken to deal with same.

Mr. Bottomley

Under decisions recently announced by the New Zealand Minister for Customs, chinaware, earthenware and porcelainware for table use, above a certain price level, may be imported freely into New Zealand during 1951. The import of goods below this price level will be subject to the grant of individual import licences. On instructions the Trade Commissioner has ascertained from the New Zealand authorities that the rate at which such licences are granted will depend upon the extent to which the New Zealand industry is able to produce this grade of pottery at acceptable prices and qualities to meet New Zealand's requirements. Until the rate of licensing is known it is not possible to make any estimate of the probable effect of these changes on our exports of chinaware and earthenware to New Zealand during 1951.