HC Deb 19 June 1958 vol 589 cc1290-1
14. Miss Burton

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that industry in Coventry is losing export orders because of the list of strategic goods and materials banning supplies to Communist countries; and if he is now in a position to announce a reduction in the list.

Sir D. Eccles

I am aware that industry would welcome orders from these countries for a number of products which are now on the embargo list, though it is easy to exaggerate the volume of increased business which may result. We are continuing to do our best to expedite the review in Paris of the strategic controls; but it must still be some little time before the review can be completed.

Miss Burton

But is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he gave me a similar answer on 24th April? Is he aware that our factories in Coventry really are affected by this embargo? Is there no chance of expediting this review?

Sir D. Eccles

I am hopeful that we shall have a decision next month.