§ 16. Mr. Sheldon
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on British exports to South Africa.
§ The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Michael Noble)
The Government's policy is to encourage further expansion of our trade with South Africa.
§ Mr. Sheldon
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the rate of growth of imports to this country from South Africa is greater than the rate of growth of our exports to that country? Why should we not press for a greater number of exports to be allowed into that country, not including arms—[HON. MEMBERS: "Why not?"]1—because of the growing imbalance?
§ 30. Mr. David Steel
asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the value of British trade in the nearest convenient year and 10 years previously with Africa north of the Zambesi and Africa south of the Zambesi, respectively.
§ Mr. Steel
Is it not a reasonable conjecture that over the next 10 years as the economies of the under-developed countries improve trade with countries north of the Zambesi could increase at 512 a considerably faster rate than it has improved over the last 10 years provided that the Government do nothing to jeopardise our political links with them?
§ Mr. Blaker
Will my right hon. Friend consider publishing in the OFFICIAL REPORT figures showing the development of French trade with countries north of the Zambesi, particularly since the time that France has been selling arms to South Africa?
§ Following is the information:
|UNITED KINGDOM TRADE WITH AFRICA*|
|North of the Zambesi||309||262||642||416|
|South of the Zambesi†||165||201||347||319|
|* Excluding the Malagasy Republic (Madagascar) and other islands.|
|† South Africa, South West Africa, Rhodesia (estimated for 1959), Lesotho (Basutoland), Botswana (Bechuanaland), Mozambique and Angola.|