HC Deb 23 March 1949 vol 463 c342
4. Major Guy Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the estimated quantities of raw materials, machinery, and equipment, which have reached the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics directly or indirectly from the British zone of Germany by sea; and how far this traffic is permitted by the authorities under his control.

Mr. Mayhew

My right hon. Friend has no record of any commercial exports direct to the U.S.S.R. by sea; nor of goods destined for third countries which may have been re-exported to the Soviet Union after leaving ports in the British zone. The U.S.S.R. have, however, received 168,400 tons of machinery and industrial equipment as reparations by sea since 1946.

Major Lloyd

Will the Minister give an assurance that, since our landward blockade has been imposed, no illegitimate traffic has been going to Russia by sea?

Mr. Mayhew

I cannot say that there has been no smuggling, but I can say, as I have said in my reply, that we have no record of any commercial trade.