§ 39. Mr. Rankin
asked the President of the Board of Trade why a licence to export to China 20,000 feet of manilla rope for slings was refused by his Department.
§ Mr. Mackeson
Manilla rope is of strategic importance and it is contrary to the policy of Her Majesty's Government to permit such exports to China at present.
§ Mr. Bottomley
Has the President of the Board of Trade considered inviting a trade mission from China to talk about ways of developing trade between our two countries?