HC Deb 04 March 1965 vol 707 cc1512-3
21. Mr. Wall

asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the total value of motor vehicles exported to South Africa in 1964; how this figure compares with similar exports to Canada and Australia; and what proposals he has for increasing such exports to South Africa.

Mr. Jay

British exports of motor vehicles and parts to South Africa in 1964 amounted to £46 million. The comparable figures for Canada and Australia were £19 million and £48 million respectively. I feel confident that British vehicle exporters will continue to make the most of their opportunities in the South African market.

Mr. Wall

Does not that illustrate that South Africa is Britain's third best customer? Now that the Government are opposed to economic boycotts or sanctions against South Africa, will the right hon. Gentleman do his best to persuade his hon. Friends to refrain from continuing to demand a boycott?

Mr. Jay

I am glad to say that our trade with South Africa is increasing satisfactorily in both directions in all peaceful goods.