asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that representatives of employers and trade unions affiliated to the National Joint Industrial Council for the Rubber Manufacturing Industry are shortly to visit the U.S.A. to appeal for larger quantities of carbon black to be made available for import into Great Britain; and if the proposed visit is being made after consultation with his Department pursuant to his failure to obtain this material from other sources of supply in the sterling area.
Representatives of the National Joint Industrial Council for the Rubber Manufacturing Industry and of the carbon black importers are already in the United States. The visit was arranged in consultation with the Board of Trade. Carbon black is imported on private account. There are no sources of supply of the types required in the sterling area.