§ 3. Mr. GEORGE HALL
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can now make a statement as to the position of the negotiations with Poland for export coal?
§ 9. Mr. PALING
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can state the terms of the agreement recently negotiated between the British and Polish coal-owners?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
As I informed the House on the 27th November in reply to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Wallsend (Miss Ward), great progress was made in the discussions in Warsaw three weeks ago and representatives of the Polish coalowners have now come to London at the invitation of the British coalowners to resume negotiations. The resumed discussions began yesterday and are continuing.
§ Mr. BROWN
The administration of the French quota system, in respect of imports of United Kingdom coal has recently been the subject of informal dis- 1393 cussions with the French Government, from whom a communication is expected shortly. In pursuance of the policy outlined by my right hon. Friend, the President of the Board of Trade, on 29th November, officials of the Department of Overseas Trade are now in Spain accompanied by a representative of the Mines Department.
§ Mr. PALING
Apart from these negotiations, can the hon. Member say whether the exports have increased during the last few months?