Jute

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons am 12:00 am ar 2 Gorffennaf 1963.

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Photo of Sir Gerald Nabarro Sir Gerald Nabarro , Kidderminster 12:00, 2 Gorffennaf 1963

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now make a statement concerning the future of the Board of Trade Jute Control, having regard to recent proceedings in the Restrictive Practices Court.

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

I am conducting a general review of policy in regard to jute and jute goods in the light of the court's judgment and other factors. The issues are complex and it will be some time before I can make a statement.

Photo of Sir Gerald Nabarro Sir Gerald Nabarro , Kidderminster

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that his habits of conducting bulk purchase and artificially raising prices of Indian jute goods brought into this country to the detriment of carpet manufacturers and others has been roundly condemned by the Restrictive Practices Court? Does he think that his Department is above the law? Did not his predecessor create the Restrictive Practices Court? Why does not he now obey the dictates of that court as a private enterprise commercial operator would have to do?

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

The situation is not quite so simple as my hon. Friend suggests in his supplementary question. It is because of the difficulties which he has pointed out that I am conducting a general review.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West

Will the President of the Board of Trade recognise that if he did obey the dictates of the court he would have a tragic unemployment problem on his hands in Dundee, and will he think very carefully of the vital interests of Dundee before he does anything of the sort?

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

It is important not to exaggerate in either direction. I shall, of course, take into account the fact that Dundee is already a development district.