HC Deb 03 April 1951 vol 486 c28
57. Mr. Osborne

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the total of unrequited exports since 1945; and to what countries principally have they gone.

Mr. Gaitskell

I am not sure what definition the hon. Member has in mind for "unrequited exports." If it is the excess of current exports over current imports, the answer is certainly negative. If he has some other definition in mind, I suggest that he draws his own conclusion from the Balance of Payments White Paper, which will be published on Thursday.

Mr. Osborne

Without having had a preview of the White Paper, may I ask the Chancellor how much of the war-time accumulated sterling debts we have still to pay off by way of unrequited exports?

Mr. Gaitskell

I must have notice of that question.