HC Deb 08 December 1949 vol 470 c2062
17. Mr. Austin

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will now consider sending an economic and trade mission to China forthwith to investigate trade prospects with that country.

Mr. H. Wilson

No, Sir. The question of recognition of the Communist regime would have to be settled first, and there has been no evidence yet that the attitude of the Communist authorities towards foreign trade would give opportunities for a successful trade mission.

Mr. Austin

While I appreciate the difficulties about recognition, when recognition is granted will my right hon. Friend consider appointing commercial and trade attaches as soon as possible?

Mr. Wilson

That is a hypothetical question.