§ 55. Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can now state by what date he anticipates that the new Anglo-Soviet Commercial Treaty will be completed?
§ Lieut.-Colonel J. COLVILLE (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)
I would refer the hon. Members to the answer which was given yesterday to the hon. Member for Aberdeen East (Mr. Boothby).
§ Sir WILLIAM DAVISON
When will the House have an opportunity of discussing it, and, if necessary, approving it?
§ 59. Mr. CRAVEN-ELLIS
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will provide in the agreement with the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, which is now being negotiated, a clause to the effect that should they have a favourable trade balance in this country this should take the form of a short-term credit without interest, to be placed in this country at the disposition of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, so that if they so desire it can be liquidated by the purchase of British goods and services?
§ Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE
No, Sir. The negotiations with the Soviet Government have been concluded, and it is 2100 therefore impossible for any new proposal to be considered.
§ Mr. CRAVEN-ELLIS
Will the agreement provide for financial assistance to be given to Russia to purchase British goods?