HC Deb 16 June 1921 vol 143 c639W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether any orders and, if so, to what amount, have been placed in this country from Soviet Russia for rolling stock, locomotives, steel rails, and agricultural implements; and what is the value of British manufactured goods exported to Russia since the conclusion of the Trade Agreement?


I believe that some orders for agricultural implements have been placed, but I do not think that any orders for the other classes referred to in the first part of the question have yet been placed. As regards the second part, I understand that goods to the value of £51,246 have been exported to Russia since the signing of the Trade Agreement, and that during April goods to the value of £347,122 have been exported to Esthonia, a large proportion of which are believed to have been destined for Soviet Russia.

Sir J. D. REES

asked the President of the Board of Trade for how long a period it is proposed to continue to refuse to grant licences for export of goods to Russia?


My hon. Friend appears to be under a misapprehension. Since March last, licences have not been required for the export to Russia of any goods other than goods the export of which is prohibited, except under licence, to all foreign countries.