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Electricity Generator Exports

Volume 437: debated on Thursday 22 May 1947

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asked the President of the Board of Trade the total value of electricity-generating equipment exported during each month January, February, March and April, 1947; and when the export of this equipment is likely to cease until home requirements are met.

The value of electrical generators of more than 200 K.W. capacity exported during January, February, March and April, 1947, totalled respectively £402,212, £437,241, £166,524 and £692,239. It would not be practicable to divert current export orders to home use but arrangements have been made to give preference to orders for home power plants.

Why is it necessary to export what are really raw materials without which we cannot produce goods for export at competitive prices?

These particular articles are not suitable for the home market. They have been made for export orders.

Is the export of these amounts of equipment holding up the erection of any plant in this country?

No, Sir, they are in fact expediting it, because they are clearing factories of export orders to make them available for others.