Communist Countries (Trade)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th June 1958.

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Photo of Miss Elaine Burton Miss Elaine Burton , Coventry South 12:00 am, 19th June 1958

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that industry in Coventry is losing export orders because of the list of strategic goods and materials banning supplies to Communist countries; and if he is now in a position to announce a reduction in the list.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

I am aware that industry would welcome orders from these countries for a number of products which are now on the embargo list, though it is easy to exaggerate the volume of increased business which may result. We are continuing to do our best to expedite the review in Paris of the strategic controls; but it must still be some little time before the review can be completed.

Photo of Miss Elaine Burton Miss Elaine Burton , Coventry South

But is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he gave me a similar answer on 24th April? Is he aware that our factories in Coventry really are affected by this embargo? Is there no chance of expediting this review?

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

I am hopeful that we shall have a decision next month.