HC Deb 20 November 1947 vol 444 cc1311-2
16. Major Tufton Beamish

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is his intention to resume normal trade relations with Bulgaria; what approaches have been made to the Bulgarian Government in this connection; and with what success.

Mr. H. Wilson

Yes, Sir. I propose to remove the wartime restrictions on trade with Bulgaria in the very near future and the Bulgarian Government has been so informed. Opportunities for trade are very limited since, according to my present information, Bulgaria has little to offer which this country needs.

Sir Frank Sanderson

Can the Minister state whether Bulgaria is in a position to export tobacco to this country?

Mr. Wilson

Yes, Sir. In common with certain other Balkan countries, Bulgaria is in a position to offer tobacco, but, as I have informed the House, our stocks of Balkan tobacco are considerably more than the public want to take at present.