HC Deb 03 August 1943 vol 391 c2098W
Mr. Hepworth

asked the President of the Board of Trade the articles or products in which mutual trade with North Africa can now be carried on in view of the freeing of the markets?

Mr. Dalton

By two Orders made on 15th July under the Trading with the Enemy Act, commercial and financial dealings with persons and concerns in French North and West Africa are no longer an offence under that Act. But trade with these territories must still be confined to essential requirements and conducted through Government channels. There is no prospect of a resumption of private trade in the immediate future.