HC Deb 11 December 1968 vol 775 cc410-1
31. Mr. Marten

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the future of Anglo-Brazilian trade.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

Yes, Sir. Anglo-Brazilian trade is increasing well in both directions. Our exports to Brazil in January-October this year exceeded £36 million compared with just under £16 million in the same period last year; our imports over this period increased from about £22 million to over £33 million. British industry is giving strong and widespread support to the British Industrial Exhibition to be held in Sao Paulo next March. Both the British Government and British exporters are alive to the potential of the developing Brazilian economy, and I hope to see a continued expansion of trade.

Mr. Marten

While welcoming that Answer and the trend shown in the figures, may I pay tribute at this stage to the results which have been achieved by the visit of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip to Brazil?

Mrs. Dunwoody

All hon. Members will join in welcoming the demonstration of affection which was shown to Her Majesty on her visit. I am equally sure that all hon. Members hope to see a further expansion of trade between our two countries.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Is my hon. Friend aware that criticisms have been voiced about British exporters not being fully aware of the opportunities which exist in Brazil's markets, including possibilities in the free port of Manaos in the Amazon?

Mrs. Dunwoody

The opportunity that we have been given, from the amount of publicity devoted to the visit of Her Majesty and from the expansion of trade which is already taking place, must be followed up by manufacturers in this country, and I hope that they will take every opportunity of doing so.