§ 83. Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what representations he has had this year from the Government of India or Pakistan regarding the operations of jute control in the United Kingdom.251W
§ Mr. Alport
My noble Friend has received no representations this year from the Government of Pakistan on this matter. There have been frequent discussions on it between the Indian authorities and the Board of Trade and my noble Friend has himself received representations from the Government of India.
§ 84. Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what representations he is making in the interests of the British jute trade to the Government of Pakistan with regard to the desirability of reducing the world price of raw jute and preventing its excessive fluctuation.
§ Mr. Alport
I am sure that the Government of Pakistan and Pakistani exporters are well aware of the importance of marketing their raw jute at a price which will make the manufactured product competitive with jute substitutes, especially in the light of the Measures recently announced by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade. I doubt whether further representations are needed to draw their attention to this.