HC Deb 07 November 1950 vol 480 cc44-5W
99. Mr. Erroll

asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the increasing scale of British exports to Canada, what steps he is taking to extend the Token Import Scheme.

100. Mr. Erroll

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now prepared to allow Canadian firms who did not send goods into this country before the war to be allowed to participate in the Token Import Scheme.

Mr. Bottomley

The arrangements to be adopted in 1951 under the Token Import Scheme, which includes other countries as well as Canada, are now being considered, and an announcement will be made shortly. I would point out, however, that the Token Import List consists mainly of goods which would not be imported on grounds of need. While essential dollar imports have to be restricted, an extension of the Scheme involves obvious difficulties.