HC Deb 14 May 1957 vol 570 cc215-6
47. Mr. Dugdale

asked the Prime Minister what discussions have taken place with other members of the Commonwealth regarding the relaxation of strategic restrictions of United Kingdom exports to China.

The Prime Minister

Although there has been no formal discussion with other Commonwealth Governments, those who, like ourselves, operate controls on trade with China are fully aware of our views about relaxation of strategic restrictions. We are in constant informal touch with them on this matter and bear in mind their similar interests.

Mr. Dugdale

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether in fact other members of the Commonwealth were in agreement with us that these restrictions should be reduced or whether there was not unanimity on this matter?

The Prime Minister

We have had private and informal discussions with them, and in the light of that we are cooperating with them in a common policy.