HC Deb 16 December 1948 vol 459 cc197-8W
104. Mr. Cobb

asked the President of the Board of Trade what difficulties stand in the way of trade between this country and Peru; and what steps are being taken to improve the trading relations between the two countries.

Mr. H. Wilson

Peru, like other countries, is forced to give priority in the allocation of limited foreign exchange to essential requirements and for this reason our export trade in many types of consumer goods has been limited. Apart from this, there are, as far as I am aware, no special difficulties in the way of trade between the two countries, and I hope that an expansion of trade will, in fact, result from the Anglo-Peruvian Sterling Payments Agreement signed in July last. His Majesty's Government are inviting the Peruvian Government to send a small trade delegation to this country to discuss Peruvian purchases here.