HC Deb 14 May 1957 vol 570 c207
32. Air Commodore Harvey

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will consider arranging a trade delegation to visit Turkey.

Mr. Walker-Smith

I think there is no need at present for a trade delegation to visit Turkey. But if my hon. and gallant Friend has any particular problem in mind perhaps he would let me know.

Air Commodore Harvey

In view of my right hon. and learned Friend's reply, may I ask whether he is aware that many people think that talks should take place, preferably in Turkey, but even in London, to improve trade with Turkey? In view of our excellent relations with the Turks, will he look at this suggestion again to see whether something can be done to bolster that trade generally?

Mr. Walker-Smith

It is correct, as my hon. and gallant Friend says, that our relations with Turkey are excellent. But the Turks owe us very substantial sums of money for goods already supplied, and that is a factor which has to be borne in mind in this matter.