§ 67. Mr. Lewis
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that during 1955 the Chinese Government is to build 80–100 new cities, consisting of 200,000 inhabitants in each city; that these cities will be equipped with new schools, hospitals, power stations, etc.; and whether he will make inquiries of the Chinese Government to ascertain what plant and equipment we can export from Great Britain to assist in this reconstruction.
§ Mr. Low
I am aware that the Chinese Government have announced their intention of building a number of new cities. I see no necessity however for any special inquiry by Her Majesty's Government as to the plant and equipment which will be required for their construction; British industry are well able, through their normal contacts with the various Chinese purchasing agencies, to make such inquiries for themselves and also to let the Chinese know what goods can be supplied from this country.