HC Deb 20 May 1957 vol 570 cc57-8W
19. Sir L. Plummer

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many times the China Committee of the Consultative Group has so far met to consider the United States' proposals for reorganising the embargo on the export of British goods to China; and what was the reason for the delay in reconvening the Committee to deal with this question.

Commander Noble:

The China Committee has met four times to discuss the United States proposals on the China trade controls which are operated not only by the United Kingdom but by 14 other nations represented on the Consultative Group. The details of the United States proposals were not available to member Governments until the last week of April. I do not consider that there was any unreasonable delay in convening the China Committee. The time allowed to consider the United States proposals before the discussions began in the first week of May was the minimum necessary for the consideration of a complicated and important subject.