HC Deb 24 March 1960 vol 620 c61W
63. Mr. Swingler

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will publish a table of figures showing the value of the import quota for goods from China in each of the last three years, including the current year, in respect of each of the following classes of goods, namely, cotton and rayon textiles and manufactures, meat and meat products, butter, canned pineapple, canned fruit other than pineapple, silk piece goods, pottery, basketware and straw manufactures, table glassware, stationery, and leather goods, including footwear.

Mr. Maudling

The value of the annual quotas for imports of cotton and rayon textiles for home retention and for re-export are respectively £150,000 and £1.5 million and that for cotton and rayon manufactures is £220,000; the first two quotas came into effect on 1st March, 1958, and the last on 1st August, 1958. The values of the annual quotas for the remaining items, which came into effect on 1st January last, were set out in my hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent, South (Mr. Ellis Smith) on 15th March. Of these items, only stationery and straw and raffia manufactures were subject to control before 4th November, 1959, when China shared in annual quotas, open to all Relaxation Area countries, of £310,000 and £90,000 respectively.