§ Mr. Bellenger
asked the President of the Board of Trade what import restrictions were placed on individual countries of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation; and what easement has been made by recent orders.
§ Mr. Mackeson
Restrictions were imposed for balance of payments reasons in November, 1951, and March, 1952, on imports from the non-sterling member countries of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation and from certain other countries, of a wide variety of goods, nearly all of which had previously been imported freely from these countries under open general licence. For most of these goods, licences granted within the announced import quotas may be used, at the importer's discretion, for imports from any or all of the countries concerned. Under this system it is not possible to distinguish the restrictions imposed upon individual countries nor to estimate the probable effect upon the trade of individual countries of the recent easements.