HC Deb 13 November 1969 vol 791 cc611-2
Q6. Mr. John Fraser

asked the Prime Minister if he is satisfied with the coordination between the various Government Departments involved in increasing exports abroad; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Fraser

Do not today's trade figures, including the narrative upon them, do credit to the Government's efforts to increase exports? Is the Prime Minister aware that there are still areas of the world where there are unexploited markets and where long delivery dates mean that there could be much more growth inside British industry? Will the Government make it clear to both sides of industry that opportunities for growth exist'?

The Prime Minister

I entirely agree with my hon. Friend and with the obvious fact arising from his question, that, whatever the great improvement in our exports, no one is complacent and we want to go on improving them still further. That is why, on delivery dates and productive capacity, we have stressed the need for the fact that any domestic expansion must be export-led.