§ 11. Mr. Robert Howarth
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that there is concern in Lancashire at the increase in imports of cotton cloth from Portugal in the first nine months of this year; and why the global quota restrictions on cotton textiles are not applicable to Portugal.
§ Mr. Howarth
While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he is aware that, although both sides of industry have been quite pleased with the efforts that the Government have made to give them some measure of protection which was lacking for so long during the period of rule by the party opposite, this represents a serious loophole which we hope will be closed very soon?
§ Mr. Barnett
Would not my right hon. Friend agree that in Lancashire the textile industry has suffered more than most? Can he tell us when he expects to be able to fulfil the pledge to set up an Imports Commission?
§ Mr. Burden
May I ask whether this is not likely to be the general trend because, if we were to push out industries which are non-competitive in the E.F.T.A. countries and move the employees into other industries in which we can export to these countries, how can we deny the exports of the E.F.T.A. countries to this country?
§ Mr. Barber
Did I understand the right hon. Gentleman to say in answer to one of his hon. Friends that an Imports Commission is to be set up in accord-once with the promise made by the party opposite?