HC Deb 20 January 1949 vol 460 cc334-5
57. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in order to overcome the difficulties of planning export trade as outlined in paragraph 57 of Command Paper No. 7572 on European Co-operation, he will study, with a view to implementation, the success of the planned export-import agreements which have recently been signed between the U.S.S.R. and a number of countries in Eastern Europe.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Glenvil Hall)

If the hon. Member will supply my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer with accurate figures of the trade passing under the agreements he mentions, he will be glad to study them. Such figures are not published.

Mr. Gallacher

In view of the fact that, in the White Paper, the Chancellor can see no possibility of anything in the way of balanced exports and imports, is it not clear that if two or more countries have an intelligently planned economy, part of that intelligently planned economy will be exports and imports mutually exchanged between one another? Does it need any special intelligence to grasp that fact?