HC Deb 13 November 1958 vol 595 cc57-8W
14. Mr. E. Johnson

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether there has yet been any increase in the sales of British books to Israel since January, 1957, as the result of his efforts to promote their export; and whether he will now consider making special arrangements with the Government of Israel which will help to meet the demand for British books.

Sir D. Eccles

In the first nine months of 1958 exports of books to Israel other than by parcel post, amounted to £6,853 as compared with £3,680 in the same period in 1956. I understand that the total trade in books amounts to about £50,000 a year.

On the question of special arrangements to promote exports of British books, I would refer my hon. Friend to the general statement by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 3rd November.