HC Deb 25 February 1970 vol 796 c1177
6. Mr. Biffen

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the value of United Kingdom exports to South Africa for the most recent six months available; and what is the percentage change with the corresponding period for the preceding year.

Mr. Mason

£154 million in the six months ended 31st January, 1970, an increase of 19 per cent.

Mr. Biffen

Would the Minister join with me in expressing the hope that this significant, growing and mutually advantageous trade shall not be imperilled by demonstrations of a loutish and ill-mannerly character against visiting sports teams from South Africa?

Mr. Mason

I sincerely hope not.

Mr. Winnick

Is my right hon. Friend aware that many British people oppose the evil system which operates in South Africa and will not be stopped from demonstrating because of our continued trade with South Africa?

Mr. Mason

I am not objecting to the demonstrations, as long as they keep within law and order.