HC Deb 07 July 1953 vol 517 cc1030-1
14. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now make a further statement on the trade discussions with the Spanish delegation.

16. Mr. Bottomley

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the Anglo-Spanish trade negotiations.

17. Mr. Anthony Greenwood

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a statement on the outcome of the recent Anglo-Spanish trade conversations.

Mr. Mackeson

Both delegations are at present reporting to their Governments, and I regret that I am not in a position at this stage to make a statement.

Mr. Jeger

In view of the widespread interest in the negotiations taking place on the question of discrimination against British goods entering Spain, does the hon. Gentleman not think that it may be advisable to issue a White Paper as soon as the negotiations have been concluded?

Mr. Mackeson

I will consider that. I can give the hon. Gentleman this assurance, that the Spanish delegation are well aware of the dissatisfaction on this point of Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. Bottomley

In view of the very unfair discrimination against British goods by the Spanish authorities, would the hon. Gentleman not consider banning imports of oranges from Spain and consider recommending to the Chancellor of the Exchequer that he should reduce the tourist allowance for visitors to that country? [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."]

Mr. Mackeson

As the right hon. Gentleman knows, we have of course sanctions, but we also have considerable imports from Spain, and I should not like at this stage to use any words that might further exacerbate the position.