HC Deb 10 April 1962 vol 657 cc97-8W
50. Mr. Sorensen

asked the President of the Board of Trade on what dates his Department consulted accredited representatives of the umbrella industry in respect of the Common Market and of the unrestricted import of Japanese umbrellas into this country; and what reply he has given in respect of the latter to the deputation from the umbrella industry.

Sir K. Joseph

The National Federation of Umbrella Manufacturers were consulted by letters dated 19th April, 1961, and 24th July, 1961, and at a meeting on 15th August last year about the possible relaxation of the restrictions then imposed on imports of Japanese umbrellas. They were told that their views would be carefully considered

each of the main supplying countries during the first three months of 1962 have compared with the same period last year.

Sir K. Joseph

The figures for March are not yet available. I am circulating detailed figures for January and February in the OFFICIAL REPORT. They show that in value imports of shell eggs were much less and of processed eggs a little more than those for the corresponding period last year. The following in the information:

within the general purpose of expanding Anglo/Japanese trade. The effect on the industry if Britain were to enter the Common Market was also referred to at that meeting.

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