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Typewriters (Imports)

Volume 476: debated on Monday 26 June 1950

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asked the President of the Board of Trade how many typewriters have been imported into this country during the past 12 months from the Russian zone of Germany; how many from Sweden; how many in all have been so imported; and what currency has been used for payment of the imports.

In the 12 months May, 1949 to April 1950, imports of typewriters from Germany as a whole were 11,647, from Sweden 14 and from all other countries 31,671. The trade returns do not distinguish between the different zones of Germany, but I have reason to think that most of the imports from Germany came from the Eastern Zone. Imports from Germany were paid for in sterling and from Sweden either in sterling or in Swedish kroner.