Imports from Eastern Zone

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge , Bedford 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what extent food and fodder have been imported into Western Germany from the Soviet zone since the conclusion of the trade agreement between the two areas.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

No information is at present available about imports under the agreement, which was only concluded on 8th October. Moreover, responsibility for the collection of statistics in trade matters rests with the Federal German Government.

Photo of Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge , Bedford

Does my right hon. Friend accept the statement that in the fairly near future enough food and fodder will come into the British zone from the Eastern zone to enable us to cut down our supplies of food and fodder from this country to the Germans?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

I cannot say that enough will come in, but it is certainly our objective that more should come.