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French Leather (Imports)

Volume 467: debated on Friday 22 July 1949

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is yet in a position to announce the result of the discussions with the French authorities on supplies of leather.

Yes. We have concluded our discussions with the French authorities and the original import quotas for leather from that country which totalled £420,000 for 1949 have now been increased to a total of £720,000, made up as follows:

Box and suede calf and other upper leathers£260,000
Glace and suede kid£235,000
Sole leather (medium tannage)£130,000
Sole leather (slow tannage)£90,000
Leather belting£5,000
In consideration of this increase the French have made an additional allocation of 600 tons of calfskins to this country for early delivery. This will bring their total allocation for 1949 to 900 tons.