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Imported American Toys

Volume 436: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1947

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent over the last six months on the importation of toys from the U.S.A.; and how much of this was spent on Blow Bubbles?

£11,373 for the six months ending 28th February last. Blow Bubbles are not separately recorded by the Customs.

Will the Chancellor agree that this £11,000 was a waste of dollars, or are we to understand that the song in his heart is "I am forever blowing bubbles"?

No, Sir. I gather that these particular toys were imported for the benefit of some Members of the Opposition.

Is the Chancellor aware that many manufacturers who wish to start business as toy makers in this country are not being given encouragement by his right hon. and learned colleague the President of the Board of Trade? Will the Chancellor see if he can contact the President of the Board of Trade with a view to our manufacturing these toys instead of importing them?

It sounds to me as though that question should be addressed, not to me, but to my right hon. and learned Friend.