HC Deb 24 April 1958 vol 586 cc1136-7
10. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the steps being taken in Aberdeen to promote direct trading between the north-east of Scotland and Russia; and what steps he is taking to assist in the promotion of direct trading between Russia and the north-east of Scotland.

Sir D. Eccles

I would refer the hon. and learned Member to the Answer given to him on 17th April.

Mr. Hughes

Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that this is too important a matter to be put off in that way? Is it not a fact that closer trade relations between the two countries may have important potentialities for world peace? The Minister has a double reason for fostering such trade relations. Will he use every effort energetically to do so?

Sir D. Eccles

I wish to see the trade between this country and Russia expanded, but I have not received any representations about promoting such trade, either from the Lord Provost's Committee or any other body.