HC Deb 06 July 1954 vol 529 c1945
6. Mr. Holt

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on his recent visit to Canada, and the steps which he has taken to facilitate an expansion of trade between Canada and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Amory

My right hon. Friend regrets that, owing to his visit to Washington this week, he is unable to take this opportunity himself to say something to the House about his visit to Canada. My right hon. Friend, in his series of public speeches in Canada and in his many private discussions with representatives of the Canadian Government and Canadian industry, emphasised that United Kingdom purchases from the dollar countries in general, and from Canada in particular, will be able to increase if Canada buys more from the United Kingdom; and that the United Kingdom is now offering goods competitive in price, in quality, in delivery and in after-sales service, in nearly the entire range of Canadian imports. Everywhere my right hon. Friend found a desire on the part of Canadians to buy more from this country.

Mr. Holt

Can the Minister now give the percentage of liberalisation of trade with Canada?

Mr. Amory

No, I cannot. I think that I said to the hon. Gentleman the other day that if he put down a Question to that effect I would try to give him the information for which he asked.