HC Deb 18 June 1969 vol 785 cc472-3
50. Mr. Judd

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a statement on the latest developments within the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Mr. Crosland

Over the past several months the Trade and Development Board and all its main committees have met to follow up the results of the Second United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. In addition, the Board has considered, and will continue to consider at its next meeting in the autumn, the proper contribution of U.N.C.T.A.D. to the preparatory work of the Second United Nations Development Decade.

Mr. Judd

I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply, but does not he agree that if our aid and development programme is to have any meaning, progress must be made on this front? What steps does he propose to take in terms of initiative by the Government?

Mr. Crosland

Aid questions are obviously a matter for my right hon. Friend. On trade, by far the most important thing is to follow up the initiative taken at New Delhi on generalised preference. Since New Delhi, the Government have consistently taken the lead on this. We are waiting particularly for one other major Government to table their proposals.