HC Deb 02 February 1961 vol 633 c1159
3. Mr. Turton

asked the President of the Board of Trade what help Her Majesty's Government are giving to British firms who wish to assist in the development of Ethiopia.

Mr. Maudling

All the normal facilities, including credit insurance, given by Her Majesty's Government to British firms trading with foreign countries are available in respect of Ethiopia.

Mr. Turton

Can my right hon. Friend give me an assurance that he and the Government are well aware of the importance of increasing the participation of British firms in the work of development in Ethiopia, bearing in mind that there is strong competition from certain members of the Soviet bloc?

Mr. Maudling

Yes. This is a very useful market for us, but we must never forget that our capital available for export is limited, and I think we all believe that priority must be given to Commonwealth countries.