HC Deb 15 March 1960 vol 619 c1096
10. Commander Courtney

asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the value of British exports to Finland in 1958 and 1959, expressed as a percentage of the figure for 1957.

Mr. Erroll

Eighty-six per cent. in 1958 and 101 per cent. in 1959.

Commander Courtney

Would my hon. Friend agree that the commercial return from this 1957 investment has so far been virtually nil?

Mr. Erroll

No. I do not think one can look at a fair in isolation. There are a number of factors which affect the level of trade between two countries. The fair was valuable in promoting an increased volume of trade.