HC Deb 03 July 1952 vol 503 c615
32. Mr. F. Willey

asked the President of the Board of Trade what negotiations are being held with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for the supply of timber and grain; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

In the case of timber, other than plywood, imports have now reverted to private trade and I cannot say, therefore, what negotiations may be in progress with the Russians. In the case of plywood, the Ministry of Materials have contracted for supplies for the current year.

As to coarse grain, the Ministry of Food are in constant touch with the Russians, as they are with other suppliers.

Mr. Willey

Is the right hon. Gentleman able to assure the House that we shall get our full requirements of foodstuffs this year?