§ Mr. Hale
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to make a statement as to the Government's intentions to assist the export trade in textile machinery.
§ Mr. Mackeson
Her Majesty's Government are always ready to give whatever help they can to encourage exports generally, including exports of textile machinery. The Government can clearly only assist to a limited extent, but we are keeping textile machinery well in mind in current trade negotiations, in providing information about markets, in making allocations of steel and, in so far as circumstances permit, in approving under Exchange Control extended credit terms to overseas customers.