HC Deb 27 January 1948 vol 446 cc128-9W
83. Mr. Lester Hutchinson

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he contemplates during the forthcoming trade talks with the Soviet Union negotiating for the importation into this country of Soviet oil.

Mr. Bottomley

Some quantities of oil are already being imported on commercial account from Black Sea ports. I can assure my hon. Friend that the possibility of securing imports of Soviet oil will be borne in mind.

84. Mr. Scott-Elliot

asked the President of the Board of Trade the approximate value of orders placed by Russia with British manufacturers since the date of the trade agreement.

Mr. Bottomley

No orders have yet been placed so far as I am aware for the goods specified in the schedules to the agreement, to which I presume that my hon. Friend refers.