Book Exports, Israel (Currency)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th June 1952.

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Photo of Mr Maurice Edelman Mr Maurice Edelman , Coventry North 12:00 am, 17th June 1952

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will authorise the export of books from Britain to Israel to be paid for in Israeli currency.

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I regret that I cannot accept this suggestion.

Photo of Mr Maurice Edelman Mr Maurice Edelman , Coventry North

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that at the present time the Russians are sending into Israel a great deal of propaganda material printed in English, and that the Americans have made special arrangements for the export of books to Israel? Would not it be wise to consider a special arrangement by which our books might be sent to Israel and paid for in Israeli currency?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I have discussed this question with the representative of Israel. I realise that there is a genuine case here, but our difficulty is in deciding whether to start making an exception in favour of particular exports, even books. I will bear the question in mind. It has a legitimate background and it is an important matter.

Photo of Mr George Chetwynd Mr George Chetwynd , Stockton-on-Tees

Would the right hon. Gentleman consider the special case of scientific and technical journals, for which there is great need in Israel?