HC Deb 01 August 1952 vol 504 cc216-7W
Mr. Osborne

asked the President of the Board of Trade the amount of imports of optical glasses from Italy and France, respectively, for the year 1951; and the amount for which import licences have been granted up to 31st June, 1952.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Imports of un-worked optical glass from France in 1951 amounted to 3 cwt., valued at £586, and from Italy a very small quantity, valued at £18. Imports of lenses for optical instruments from France in 1951 numbered 9,145, valued at £2,297, and from Italy eight, valued at £337.

During the period 1st January, 1951, to 30th July, 1952, import licences have been issued as follows:

For unworked optical glass:

France 494
Other Countries 400

For lenses of all kinds requiring an import licence:

France 10,407
Italy 27
Other countries 19,090

Imports from Western Europe and a number of other countries of spectacle lenses, optical glasses (engravers', watchmakers', etc.), and certain optical instruments may be made without a specific import licence.