§ 60. Mr. Nabarro
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the effects upon exports of British manufactured carpets, notably those produced in Kidderminster, of the present import restrictions imposed by New Zealand for balance of payment reasons; and, having regard to the desirability of Great Britain purchasing increased and increasing quantities of New Zealand butter, what steps he proposes to take to secure arrangements with New Zealand for removal of import restrictions on British carpets and expansion of reciprocal Anglo-New Zealand trade, also Commonwealth trade generally.
§ Mr. Vaughan-Morgan
Yes. Imports of carpets in common with many other goods are restricted in New Zealand because of her balance of payments difficulties. At the Montreal Conference we were greatly concerned with ways in which trade between Commonwealth countries might be enlarged and the conclusions which we reached there are being actively followed up.