HC Deb 12 June 1939 vol 348 cc909-10W
Mr. Hepworth

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he can now indicate the concrete results accruing from the arrangements he was able to make with regard to overseas trade during his recent visits to Poland, Russia, and the Scandinvanian countries?

Mr. R. S. Hudson

As regards Poland and Russia, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Prime Minister on 6th April to the right hon. Member for Wakefield (Mr. Greenwood), and the answer which I gave on 24th April to my hon. Friends the Members for New-castle-upon-Tyne, North (Sir N. Grattan-Doyle), and West (Sir J. Leech). As regards Finland, the discussions which I opened in Helsinki were continued in this country during April between representatives of United Kingdom industries and a Finnish Trade Delegation which visited this country at the invitation of the London Chamber of Commerce. The suggestions made are now under consideration by the industries represented in the discussions.

As regards Sweden, arrangements have been made with the co-operation of the Federation of British Industries, for a visit to the United Kingdom at the beginning of July of a trade delegation from Sweden, with a view to discussing trade between the two countries.

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