HC Deb 30 January 1947 vol 432 cc260-1W
122. Mr. Piratin

asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent he has examined the question of obtaining timber for house building, etc., from Yugoslavia; what offer of timber has been made by Yugoslavia; and what steps are being taken to speed up the implementation of trade relations between the two countries.

Sir S. Cripps

For well over a year efforts have been made through all available channels to obtain timber from Yugoslavia. Tentative offers have recently been made and discussions are proceeding. As regards the last part of the Question, every opportunity is taken of developing a healthy trade between the two countries, but progress has necessarily been slow owing to the small availability of goods.