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Japanese Competition

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 3 May 1949

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43.

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any decision has yet been reached on the British proposal to send an Anglo-American mission to Japan to discuss the encouragement given, by the Allied Supreme Command, to Japanese concentration on cotton textiles to build up their export trade.

No, Sir. Discussions are still in progress between the United Kingdom and the United States cotton textile industries on the proposal for a Joint Mission to Japan about the international trade in cotton textiles.

While these discussions are taking place are His Majesty's Government taking any steps to prevent the dumping of Japanese textile goods in the Colonial markets, thereby endangering the staple industry of Lancashire?

That is an entirely different matter and perhaps the hon. and gallant Member will put a question down upon it.