HC Deb 22 February 1945 vol 408 cc984-5W
Mr. A. Edwards

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will publish the wording of the inquiry of the British Ambassador in Brazil on Anglo-Brazilian trade; how many applications for licences have been made and granted during the past six months by his Department for Anglo-Brazilian trade; and what is their value.

Mr. Johnstone

His Majesty's Ambassador in Brazil inquired last July about the probable capacity of this country to export goods to Brazil after the war. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of a statement in reply to this inquiry which was published in Brazil. The information requested in the last two parts of the Question is not readily available and could not be obtained without the expenditure of a quite disproportionate amount of time and labour; but the Export Trade Accounts, published on 17th February, show that the value of exports from the United Kingdom to Brazil in 1944 was £2,307,000, as compared with £4,085,000 in 1943.