HC Deb 02 August 1951 vol 491 cc253-4W
Mr. Steward

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a detailed list of tonnage and values of the manufactured articles, foodstuffs and raw materials imported from Spain during 1949 and 1950 under the existing trade agreements between Britain and Spain.

Sir H. Shawcross

There were no formal trade agreements with Spain for the years mentioned. Trade arrangements for the years ending 30th June, 1950, and 30th June, 1951, were discussed at meetings between delegations representing the United Kingdom and Spanish Governments in June, 1949, and June, 1950. At the meeting in June, 1949, estimates of Spanish exports to the United Kingdom were made for all the main classes of goods for the year ending June 1950. The estimates for the year ending June, 1951, were not so detailed because of the number of goods entering the United Kingdom under open general licence. In view of the nature of the trade arrangements mentioned it is not possible to give a list of imports from Spain in the precise form requested. I will, however, send the hon. Member a table showing the imports of the principal manufactured articles, foodstuffs and raw materials from Spain in 1949 and 1950.

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