§ 13. Mr. Lewis
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the monthly average export of bicycles, electric vacuum cleaners, electric washing machines, radios and radiograms, china, carpets and rugs, is now less than in 1951; that there has been a consistent fall-off in the quantity of these goods exported since 1951 whilst, at the same time, more of these articles are going on to the home market; and what action he proposes to take with a view to restoring the export of these goods to the 1951 level.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
Exports of these goods fell from a high point in 1951 to a low point in 1953, partly because of import restrictions imposed by other countries, but have since been rising. The Government's policy of stability at home and the removal of barriers to international trade is designed to assist exports.