Trade Agreements, Eastern Europe

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Luke Teeling Mr Luke Teeling , Brighton 12:00 am, 28th July 1949

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the present position with regard to the negotiations for trade agreements with Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Ormskirk

Negotiations are in progress with these three countries but I am not in a position to make any statement at this stage.

Photo of Mr Luke Teeling Mr Luke Teeling , Brighton

Is there any likelihood of a decision being reached between now and the date when the House meets again?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Ormskirk

I think it would be very unwise to attempt to speculate in that way when negotiations are still proceeding.

Photo of Mr Francis Noel-Baker Mr Francis Noel-Baker , Brentford and Chiswick

Can my right hon. Friend say whether the granting of tourists' allowances of currency to visit Yugoslavia is one of the things which might result from the successful conclusion of a trade agreement with that country?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Ormskirk

I do not think that is one of the issues on which agreement has not yet been reached.