HC Deb 23 October 1956 vol 558 c18W
79. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the President of the Board of Trade what recent representations he has received from shirt manufacturers regarding the large increase in the imports of shirts from Hong Kong ; and what steps he proposes to take to deal with the matter.

Mr. Low

I have carefully considered the memorandum recently prepared by the Shirt, Collar and Tie Manufacturers' Federation about this matter, of which several hon. Members had sent me copies. I appreciate the difficulties which some shirt manufacturers are facing because of these imports.

It has long been part of our traditional policy to allow imports of these goods from Colonial Territories free of duty.