§ 85. Mr. J. Henderson
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that American produced ladies' frocks in silk, cotton and rayon are still being imported from the United States of America; what is the value of these imports during the past six months; and to what extent payment has been made in dollars.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
Yes. In the six months ended 31st January, 1952, cotton, silk and rayon dresses were imported from the United States at a landed cost of about £23,000. Most of this sum will have been paid in dollars. Practically all the imports concerned have been allowed under the token import scheme, but they also include a small proportion of dresses for copying purposes.