HC Deb 16 May 1957 vol 570 cc548-9
9. Mr. Pargiter

asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from the United States Government, through the Paris Consultative Group, against the granting of licences for the export of tyre-making and other plant to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic; what was his reply; and what is the total value of the trade involved.

Sir D. Eccles

None, Sir. The contracts for this plant are expected to be worth over £10 million.

Mr. Pargiter

May I take it that no hindrance but every encouragement is being given to the industry concerned to proceed with this contract?

Sir D. Eccles

Yes, Sir.

10. Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the President of the Board of Trade what are the present limitations governing the export of electric power generating equipment under the exceptions procedure relating to trade with China.

Sir D. Eccles

Electric generators up to 375 K.V.A. and certain other equipment may be licensed provided we are satisfied that they are for civilian purposes.

Mr. Allaun

Is the Minister aware that, because of the embargo, our exports of electrical goods to China fell to £150,000 last year, a mere one-tenth of what they were in 1947? Is he aware that China is about to build in Honan a hydroelectric station bigger than the largest two in America and that Sweden and Switzerland arc securing very lucrative contracts?

Sir D. Eccles

I am aware of the difficulties and they are now being discussed.

Mr. Jay

Can the right hon. Gentleman at long last report some progress in the negotiations in Paris for a general relaxation of this embargo?

Sir D. Eccles

I am afraid that the negotiations are still going on and I cannot yet make a statement.