§ 45. Mr. W. T. Williams
asked the President of the Board of Trade the extent to which vital exports to sterling, non-sterling and dollar countries, respectively, have risen or fallen since the beginning of this year to the last available date.
§ Mr. H. Strauss
Comparing the rate of export of United Kingdom goods in the first quarter of 1952 with that in the second half of last year, we sent 9 per cent. more by value to the overseas sterling area, 6 per cent. more to the whole non-sterling area, but 8 per cent. less to the dollar area.
§ Mr. Williams
In view of the serious fall in exports to the dollar area, will the Parliamentary Secretary say what his Department is doing to increase them and whether the dollar area tariff has anything to do with the fall?
§ Mr. Strauss
That is a different question and more suitable for debate, but I would point out to the hon. Member that it is, in the view of Her Majesty's Government, of vital importance also that we should increase our exports to the non-dollar area.