HC Deb 04 June 1956 vol 553 c36W
Mr. Thornton

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the exchange of notes between Japan and the United States of America which aims at limiting the exports of Japanese cotton cloth to the United States of America to a yardage which is less than 1½ per cent. of United States production, he will take steps to attempt to reach an amicable agreement with India to limit her exports of cotton textiles to the United Kingdom.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

We ourselves limit by quota imports of Japanese cotton cloth. Our relations with India, as a fellow member of the Commonwealth, are not analogous to those between the United States and Japan, and in present circumstances the Government would not feel justified in changing the basis of our trade arrangements with India.