HC Deb 15 May 1968 vol 764 cc247-8W
56. Mr. Thornton

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will investigate the circumstances under which, following devaluation, imports of cotton cloth from Canada in the first quarter of 1968 showed a three-fold increase as compared with the first quarter of 1967, and a two-fold increase as compared with the quarterly averages for the whole of 1967.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

I understand that imports of cotton textiles from Canada in the first three months of last year were reduced as a result of a long strike in the Canadian industry. The position before devaluation was that some cloths made in Canada were cheaper than similar cloth made in this country and it is probable that a lot of the cloth imported from Canada this year was contracted for at pre-devaluation prices.

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