HC Deb 18 November 1930 vol 245 c232
67. Mr. REMER

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will consider making representations to the Norwegian and Swedish Governments as to the ad vantage of reciprocity in trade; and if he can make an arrangement whereby in return for our purchases of timber they make purchases from the United Kingdom of coal?


I doubt if action on the lines suggested in the question would be likely to achieve any useful purpose. Steps have been taken, however, to bring to the notice of purchasers in Norway and Sweden the advantages of buying British goods. A delegation led by my hon. Friend the Secretary for Mines made a tour to study the coal position in Scandinavia last September, and the Report of the Delegation has been presented to Parliament as a Command Paper.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Norway and Sweden are very largely buying their coal from Poland, which does not buy any timber from those countries?


It was one of the objects of the recent delegation to try and recover our trade for British coal in the Scandinavian market.