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Textile Machinery

Volume 655: debated on Thursday 15 March 1962

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the present reduced home trade orders for textile machinery are likely to affect adversely export prospects of the United Kingdom textile machinery industry; and what action he proposes to take to improve the situation.

I appreciate that the textile machinery industry, in planning their future production, may be concerned to know the likely demands for re-equipment at home. I hope that recent developments regarding imports of cotton textiles will create the necessary confidence to encourage the early placing of orders and so avoid any likelihood of uncertainty adversely affecting textile machinery exports.