§ Mr. Allaun
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that Sweden, Switzerland and West Germany have been shipping substantial quantities of electrical power station equipment to 235W China in recent months; and when he intends to permit British manufacturers to accept orders for such equipment.
§ Sir D. Eccles
Yes. Shipments from Western Germany will have been made in conformity with agreements reached in the Paris Consultative Group. Neither Sweden nor Switzerland is a member of the Paris Group but we do not consider that the nature and volume of exports from those countries to China are such as to prejudice the effectiveness of the controls maintained by members of the Group.
As to the second part of the Question, British manufacturers are already permitted to export electric power generating equipment to China within the limitations of the exceptions procedure.