HC Deb 18 March 1958 vol 584 c113W
2. Mr. Owen

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the activity of the Soviet bloc in the London market, in Egypt and Burma; and whether he will now make a further Statement of Government policy on goods still embargoed and the changing economic relations of the free world in the Middle and Far East.

23. Mr. Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the concern felt by industrialists and trade union leaders at the increasing unemployment in this country and the fears being expressed of the adverse effects on British trade as a result of the United States trade recession; and whether he will take the necessary action to secure an immediate lifting of all trade embargoes between East and West and take the necessary action to increase trade between Great Britain and the eastern countries, in general, and between Great Britain, China, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the German Democratic Republic, in particular.

Sir D. Eccles

I am aware that members of the Sovietbloc are active in these and many other markets. Our policy in the review at present proceeding in the Paris Co-ordinating Committee is to confine the embargo lists to goods which still are of strategic significance.