asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in his trade negotiations with Sweden, Norway and Denmark, he will press for larger permits for hosiery and knitwear goods which can be supplied by this country and do not compete with their own productions; and if he will make a statement on the position.
I can assure the hon. Member that in our trade negotiations with Sweden, Norway and Denmark we shall seek the best possible provision for all the goods which can be supplied from this country, including hosiery and knitwear. Exports of hosiery to the Scandinavian countries are running at an annual rate of nearly £2¾ million which is 80 per cent. more than in 1949.