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The Board of Trade keeps in touch with trade developments and opportunities in the Philippines and Formosa, and provides a regular service of commercial intelligence in respect of both markets.
As our export trade with the Philippines was £500,000 a year just before the war, £3 million in 1954, and £6 million in 1956, does not my right hon. Friend think that it is high time we did something more to become more popular in the Philippines? For instance, can be tell us why no Philippine journalists are ever asked to this country, no Philippine students are brought here by the British Council, and the Inter-Parliamentary Union has not asked any Philippine Parliamentary people to come here? Does he not really think it is high time that we did something more for that particular area—and for Formosa, because both countries are very interested in trading with us?