HC Deb 13 December 1960 vol 632 cc24-5W
14. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, notwithstanding the fact that the Federal Government of Germany does not recognise the German Democratic Republic, the Federal Government assists West German business men in carrying on trade with East Germany, including assistance in attending the Leipzig Fair and exhibiting thereat; whether, in view of this, he will assist British business men to exhibit at Leipzig in the spring; and whether he will arrange for an official from his Department to attend in either an official or observer capacity.

Mr. Erroll

My right hon. Friend is informed that the Federal German Government is not assisting West German firms to exhibit at the Leipzig Spring Fair. The second part of the Question does not therefore arise, but as the hon. Member is aware the Federation of British Industries assists British firms by co-ordinating the exhibits in the British pavilion. The answer to the last part of the Question is "No."