HC Deb 22 November 1938 vol 341 cc1508-9
10. Mr. Mander

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any trade negotiations are being conducted, or are contemplated, in order to provide facilities for the export to this country of goods from Czechoslovakia in a mutual trade agreement?

Mr. Stanley

No trade negotiations with Czechoslovakia are in progress or in contemplation.

Mr. Mander

But is not this one of the methods by which we might help the people of Czechoslovakia, and will not the right hon. Gentleman consider the possibility of entering into such negotiations?

Mr. Stanley

If it had been likely that we could have come to a special treaty with Czechoslovakia, no doubt we should have entered into negotiations some time ago, as we have done with many other countries, but I do not think there is any basis for a special treaty.

Mr. G. Griffiths

Should we not have to ask both Germany and Czechoslovakia?