asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the allocation of imported straw-boards is confined to 1937–39 importers; to whom, in the case of 1937–39 importers not claiming their quota, the unallocated tonnage has so far been allocated; and if he will consider allocating such unclaimed quotas to importers who have started business since 1939 and especially to such importers as having been employed prior to 1939 by businesses importing straw-boards, have, after a period of military or Government service, started business on their own account.
Yes, Sir. The imported tonnage available is divided among importers in proportion to their prewar imports. The percentage allowed depends upon the supplies available and the number of importing firms, but the quantity is still appreciably below the prewar figure. While supplies are so restricted, quotas are not established for new entrants even if they were employed by importing firms before the war.