HC Deb 10 April 1952 vol 498 c2972
37. Mr. William Teeling

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any statement to make about the progress of the Anglo-Argentine trade discussions.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

The discussions on trade matters which both Governments are required to hold under the Agreement on Trade and Payments concluded with Argentina on 27th June, 1949, and the Protocol to this Agreement of 23rd April, 1951, are now being held in Buenos Aires. They have, however, so far been informal and exploratory and there is nothing which could usefully be reported to the House at the present stage.

Mr. Teeling

In view of the large number of Questions which have been put to the Minister of Food on this matter in recent weeks, can my right hon. Friend assure the House that the other trade matters that were very much in evidence last year are equally being taken care of this year?

Mr. Thorneycroft

All relevant matters are under consideration and can be raised in these discussions.

Mr. Charles Royle

How many representatives of private enterprise are engaged in these discussions?

Mr. Thorneycroft

Her Majesty's Ambassador is in charge of these discussions.