HC Deb 25 November 1942 vol 385 c728
74. Dr. Russell Thomas

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any information to give the House as to any steps taken to examine and consider the problem of our post-war overseas trade?

Mr. Harcourt Johnstone (Secretary, Department of Overseas Trade)

His Majesty's Government have for some time been actively engaged upon a comprehensive study of post-war economic and commercial policy. The special problems of our export trade have been under detailed investigation since December, 1941, by a committee of business men and officials under my chairmanship.

Dr. Thomas

Does my hon. Friend fully appreciate that the post-war internal prosperity of this country is dependent upon the prosperity of our overseas trade?

Mr. Johnstone

Very much so.

Mr. De la Bère

Can the hon. Gentleman tell us what the Department of Overseas Trade is doing now? So many people are really interested in that.

Mr. Johnstone

It is doing this work.

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