HC Deb 14 May 1959 vol 605 c1411
28. Mr. Leather

asked the President of the Board of Trade what percentage of United Kingdom total imports from the Commonwealth is made up of foodstuffs.

The Minister of State, Board of Trade (Mr. J. K. Vaughan-Morgan)

About 43 per cent. in 1958.

Mr. Leather

Does not this indicate that there is in fact quite a high percentage—this 43 per cent. of foods and the 15 per cent. which we were given last week for commodities—in which there are already zero tariffs between ourselves and the Common Market? Does not this indicate that there is at least 58 per cent. of Commonwealth trade which would not be affected at all by our joining the Common Market and that, therefore, the problem involved is not nearly as big as has been made out?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

I think that goes rather wide of the Question that I was asked, but I am sure my hon. Friend's arithmetic is extremely good.