HC Deb 26 February 1959 vol 600 c1292
52. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the President of the Board of Trade what barter deals have been made in recent months with Commonwealth and foreign countries; to what extent this method of trading has increased; and for what reasons.

Sir D. Eccles

The only barter deals in which the Government are involved relate to exchanges of consumer goods with Soviet Russia, notably herrings and some white fish against Russian canned salmon and crab, and wool textiles against Russian matches. Private firms may make barter deals in any part of the world and, unless the imports require licences, I would not ordinarily hear of them.