International Trade Barriers (Removal)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1954.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 13th May 1954

asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of official statements of policy made in discussions with the Federal German Government and elsewhere that Britain is trying to encourage more freedom in international trade, when he hopes to remove all barriers to the international movement of goods.

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

Substantial progress has been made by a number of countries, including ourselves, in the reduction of barriers to trade, but I cannot predict the speed and extent to which further progress may prove possible.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

Do the Government realise that the expression of pious hopes at international conferences does no good? What we want is deeds, not words. Do the Government also realise that a policy of free trade, freely convertible currency and no coercion is the only policy to save Britain and the world?

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I think Her Majesty's Government can point to a good deal more than pious hopes in the achievements of their commercial policy.