HC Deb 28 February 1956 vol 549 cc106-7W
89. Mrs. Castle

asked the President of the Board of Trade to make a statement on his recent official talks with the Cotton Board on the import of cheap cotton goods into this country.

Mr. Low

My right hon. Friend discussed with the delegation from the cotton industry the memorandum on imports of cotton goods in which they had submitted their case for Governmental action and which he had carefully studied. He informed them that the general considerations which were set out in the statement by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 3rd May, 1955, still govern our policy towards imports of cotton goods from the Commonwealth and that we are not prepared at this time, and in existing circumstances, to depart from the long established arrangement for duty-free entry from the Commonwealth. My right hon. Friend asked the industry to keep in close touch with him about all developments in the situation.

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