HC Deb 12 July 1956 vol 556 cc37-8W
8. Mr. Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the Australian Government have secured an improvement in their balance of payments problem mainly by introducing a system of import restrictions; and whether he will ascertain details of how their system operates with a view to introducing a similar system into this country.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

The problems facing Australia and the United Kingdom are in certain respects very different. Her Majesty's Government are satisfied that an extension of import controls respectively, have been imported into the United Kingdom from Germany for the years 1953, 1954, 1955 and the latest figure available for 1956; and how many similar vehicles we exported to Germany during the same period.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

The numbers are as follows:

would be an inadequate method of dealing with our balance of payments difficulties.

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