HC Deb 31 January 1939 vol 343 c9
30 and 31. Mr. Lyons

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department, (1) whether he has conferred with chambers of commerce with reference to the difficulties of British export trade with Argentina, as disclosed in the recent report of His Majesty's commercial counsellor in Buenos Aires, so that action might be taken on the matter, in view of such representations as are made by interested industries;

(2) whether he has had, or contemplates, conferences with the officials of all trade organisations concerned in the export of United Kingdom products to the Argentine, for the purpose of obtaining agreed representations to remedy the difficulties indicated in the recent report of trade with that country; and whether he will publish the result of these conversations?

Mr. R. S. Hudson (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

With regard to the practice of the Department in consulting chambers of commerce and other trade interests concerned, I would refer to the answer which I returned to questions upon this subject asked by my hon. Friends the Members for Lincoln (Mr. Liddall), and the Northern (Sir N. Grattan-Doyle) and Western (Sir J. W. Leech) divisions of Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 19th December last. I would only add that I have arranged that the Commercial Counsellor at Buenos Aires shall visit appropriate trade interests upon his return to this country shortly.

Mr. Lyons

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there will be publication of the result of these discussions?