asked the President of the Board of Trade what proposals he has for improving trade with all countries of Eastern Europe; and what improvements he is introducing in his Department and bodies connected with it for the purpose of stimulating and encouraging trade with Eastern Europe.
Trade with most East European countries continues to expand satisfactorily. Our exports in the first 10 months of 1967 were 23 per cent. above those for the corresponding period of 1966. The Board of Trade, in conjunction with British embassies, the East European Trade Council and the other trade organisations concerned will continue to do all it can to foster this trade.
Is my hon. Friend aware that trade with the whole of Eastern Europe, with its enormous population, is a derisory amount compared with the potential for exports that exists there? Can she say why the recently formed East European Centre has a member of the Opposition party appointed as its chairman? Was this the fault of the Board of Trade or the Foreign Office? Why were the officers of the Parliamenmentary East-West trade group not invited to take part in this?