HC Deb 23 April 1940 vol 360 cc8-9
9. Sir Granville Gibson

(for Sir Joseph Leech) asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Export Council groups have secured any appreciable number of fresh customers in South Africa; whether they can undertake to deliver within a promised date, cotton piece goods, Kaffir sheeting and motor vehicles; and what is the Council doing to meet intensive competition in South Africa developed there by direct personal representation by competing foreign firms?

Sir A. Duncan

Our export trade to South Africa is being well maintained and on recent figures shows an appreciable increase in comparison with the corresponding period a year earlier. A special commissioner will very shortly be visiting South Africa and Rhodesia on behalf of the Cotton Export Group to investigate and report on the opportunities of the market, while the Motor Industry Export Group already has the full services of the South African office of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.