HC Deb 05 December 1944 vol 406 cc350-1
49. Sir Wavell Wakefield

asked the Prime Minister if he is aware of the grave anxiety which at present exists among export manufacturers at their inability to re-open those overseas markets whose needs can be met without hindrance to the war effort; and what steps he is proposing to take to co-ordinate the activities of the various Government Departments concerned to remove this anxiety and facilitate the development of our export trade before it is too late.

The Prime Minister

The questions to which my hon. Friend refers are too wide to be dealt with within the compass of a Parliamentary answer. But there will be a full discussion to-morrow during the Debate on export trade and the industrial change-over from war to peace. I hope the House will not be over optimistic.

Mr. Bowles

Could we have a Debate on the import trade as well?

The Prime Minister

On the spur of the moment, I should have thought that imports and exports have such a well-established relation, that there must be a large borderland which would be common to both.

Sir W. Wakefield

Shall we be told to-morrow that active steps are being taken to co-ordinate the work of the various Government Departments to promote our export trade?

The Prime Minister

I ought not to anticipate the speeches which will be delivered by Members of the Government.

Sir G. Shakespeare

Is the Prime Minister aware that there seems to be a complete ban against all British exports to South Africa, even when questions of Lend-Lease are not involved? Would he give his personal attention to it?

The Prime Minister

I will certainly asked to be kept informed on that point, which is most pertinent to the Debate fixed for to-morrow.