HC Deb 08 February 1957 vol 564 cc107-8W
Mr. Gurden

asked the President of the Board of Trade his policy with regard to the importation of "Supreme Knitting Machines" from the United States of America for the manufacture of heavy industrial fabric; and for how many of these machines have import licences been authorised or issued.

Sir D. Eccles

The normal rule is to grant licences for the import of industrial machinery from the dollar area when the Board of Trade are satisfied from the information before them that a dollar machine will reduce costs, and that no alternative non-dollar machine offering roughly similar advantages is available.

If my hon. Friend will let me have details of the particular model or models he has in mind, I will send him the information for which he asks in the second part of his Question.

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