HC Deb 13 November 1958 vol 595 cc548-9
22. Mr. Awbery

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in view of the increasing unemployment in the City of Bristol, he will assist the export to Russia and China of goods produced in Bristol.

Sir D. Eccles

In August the strategic controls were lifted from a large number of items which can now be exported if these countries are interested to buy them here. We are anxious to expand trade with Russia and China and give business men in Bristol all the help we can.

Mr. Awbery

Is the President of the Board of Trade aware that there is an effective market in both China and Russia for the goods produced in the factories in Bristol, where there is growing unemployment? Trade needs stimulating by the Government, and it is only the Government who can stimulate it. What are the Government doing to stimulate this trade?

Sir D. Eccles

I imagine that one of the articles that the hon. Gentleman has in mind is the Britannia aircraft. We have just said that we will give extended credit facilities for the export of Britannias.