asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that ladies' shoes and dresses, made and purchased in the U.S.A., are being sold in this country; and whether, with a view to conserving our dollars he will prevent the importation of these articles in the future.
Certain women's dresses are being imported from the U.S.A. under the token import scheme which, as I indicated in my reply on 8th July to my hon. Friend the Member for Ince, is being continued though not extended. A limited programme of imports of women's shoes, including a proportion from the U.S.A., was arranged at the end of 1946 on grounds of consumer need, and some of these imports are still coming in. In arranging any future programme full account will of course be taken of the increased need for all possible economy of dollar expenditure.