HC Deb 03 August 1944 vol 402 c1614W
Mr. Hogg

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps have been taken in 1944 to restore and extend British overseas trade after the war with India.

Mr. Johnstone

During the war our efforts are directed to seeing that India gets the essential supplies for which she is dependent on us. Recently, special steps have also been taken, despite wartime difficulties of supply, to increase where practicable supplies of certain consumer goods to assist the Government of India in dealing with the problem of inflation. As soon as supply conditions and the war situation permit, we look forward to a growing trade with India. His Majesty's Senior Trade Commissioner in India has been brought home for consultation with Government Departments and with industrial and commercial bodies on post-war trade questions.

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