§ 7. Mr. Ridley
asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made in the negotiations for a trade agreement between Great Britain and the United States of America; and when an agreement is likely to be reached?
I would refer to the reply which I gave on 22nd October to a question by the hon. Member for Moseley (Sir P. Hannon), to which I have nothing to add.
§ Mr. Ridley
Does the right hon. Gentleman know when he will be in a position to make a more definite statement?
I am afraid I could not answer that question, but this is a subject which will, no doubt, be discussed in the Debate which immediately follows Questions this afternoon.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Can we have an assurance that the Government are taking seriously this matter of a possible trade agreement with the United States of America?
Perhaps the hon. Member will await what I have to say during the Debate this afternoon, and, no doubt, anything I have to say will reassure him.