Oral Answers to Questions — East-West Trade

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Mr Harold Wilson (Huyton)

My hon. Friend will have been gratified to see that f.o.b. exports from Britain to countries in Eastern Europe, including East Germany and the Soviet Union, have increased from £99 million in 1964 to £223 million in 1968. He will also be aware of the arrangements that I made with Premier Kosygin when he was in this country for linking trade negotiations with the forward five-year production and demand plans of the Soviet Union. As for East Germany, my hon. Friend will be aware of the special difficulties which arise here, due to the fact that East Germany is not recognised by us as an independent country. He will also know the arrangements made over a period of years by successive Governments for trade relations between British industry and East Germany which seem to be working quite satisfactorily.

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