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Dollar Goods (Import Restrictions)

Volume 531: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1954

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what trades, in addition to the fresh fruit trade, are being subjected, at the present time, to complete prohibition of imports from dollar sources; and whether, at an early date, he will review the whole range of dollar food imports so as to spread the restrictions as fairly as possible between the various trades concerned.

Apart from purchases under the token import scheme and the Mutual Security Act, we cannot at present afford to import most manufactured consumer goods and many foodstuffs from the dollar area. Our import restrictions are subject to continuous review, so as to ensure that our limited dollar resources are used to best advantage.