HC Deb 07 November 1960 vol 629 cc9-10W

5. An encouraging increase in the flow of British publications into Yugoslavia has taken place since the Agreement with the Yugoslav Government which I announced on 14th April.

6. The text of an Agreement with the Government of Israel, providing for imports into that country of British books, periodicals, newspapers and certain kinds of gramophone records was laid before the House on 25th October. It provides for imports at a rate of £40,000 a year.

7. The Government of Indonesia are considering our proposals for an agreement to facilitate imports of British publications into that country.

8. Steps have also been taken to help meet the unsatisfied demand for British books in Chile, resulting from the system of import control used there. Importers have been discouraged by a Chilean regulation which requires them to pay in advance deposits which can be as much as four times the value of their orders. To overcome this difficulty we have opened a fund with a British bank in Chile from which importers can finance these deposits without payment of interest. This facility should assist Chilean importers to cater for the demand for British books.