HC Deb 06 November 1968 vol 772 c869
14. Dr. John Dunwoody

asked the President of the Board of Trade what effects have the banning and the resumption of meat imports from Argentina had on British exports to that country.

Mr. Dell

I can give no precise estimate, but there is no doubt that some important contracts were lost. Since the restrictions on carcase meat were raised our export trade has made good progress.

Dr. Dunwoody

Does my hon. Friend agree that over the past 18 months there has been steady, if slow, progress in our exports to Argentina, and that some of the exaggerated and gloomy forecasts when we had to ban meat coming to this country have not been proved true?

Mr. Dell

There was undoubtedly during the period of the ban a falling off in the rate of expansion we were looking for. The situation has improved subsequently, and I hope that it continues to improve and that our whole trade with Argentina gets into a better balance than it has recently been in.