HC Deb 09 February 1955 vol 536 c231W
Major Sir F. Markham

asked the President of the Board of Trade to arrange for the publication in the Board of Trade Journal, or other British periodicals, of details of the recent Anglo-Spanish Trade Agreement and whether he is aware that broad particulars have already been published in the Spanish Press.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Full information of the trade arrangements for 1955 recently made with Spain has been communicated to industry through standing arrangements which exist for that purpose and which should ensure that all interested exporters are informed immediately of any quotas that may have been obtained for their products.

I am aware that actual lists of goods have been published in the Spanish Press. But the publication of such lists without much further explanation, which was not included in the Spanish publication, of the commitments actually entered into, would be bound to be misleading. I am satisfied that the existing arrangements for informing industry are more satisfactory.