§ 36. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the President of the Board of Trade in view of the fact that imports to Great Britain from Japan rose in November, 1966, to nearly £7 million, what steps he has taken and plans to take to increase Great Britain's exports to the Far East, including Japan.
§ Mr. Hughes
I thank my right hon. Friend for what he has said on this issue, but may I ask him to realise that there is a disastrous imbalance between imports and exports between Aberdeen and the Far East; and will he take steps to rectify this?
Mr. Gresham Cooke
While it is obvious that we want to do as much trade as possible with Japan, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman to take into consideration the fact that motor imports into this country from Japan may increase very substantially in the coming year? Would it not be desirable to find more exports which we can send to Japan?
§ Mr. Ridsdale
While there may be an imbalance with Japan, would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the imbalance with the Soviet Union is much more serious—£118 million imports and only £45 million exports?