HC Deb 30 January 1985 vol 72 c274
12. Mr. Cockeram

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what prospects for increased Anglo-Soviet trade resulted from the recent visit of Mr. Gorbachev.

Mr. Channon

When I met Mr. Gorbachev last month we agreed that trade between our two countries should be developed on a long-term basis. Mr. Gorbachev said that he hoped for an increase in trade of 40 to 50 per cent. in the short term and we discussed a number of opportunities that would help us to achieve this objective. These are now being actively pursued by the companies concerned.

Mr. Cockeram

Will my right hon. Friend ensure that Russian promises to ease restrictions on mutual trade are borne out in practice, and further ensure that when Russian cruise ships, which offer lower grade cruises than Britian's luxury cruise ships, use British ports they receive fair and equal treatment?

Mr. Channon

I shall be delighted to look at the point raised by my hon. Friend.

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