HC Deb 21 March 1961 vol 637 c33W
67. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the German Democratic Republic wanted to place a £40-£50 million order for a steel plant with British firms, and that the firms were anxious to sign this contract but were unable to secure the support of the Export Credits Guarantee Department; whether he will ascertain the reason for this; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Erroll

I understand that discussions on this project between the East German authorities and a United Kingdom firm are continuing. I should not wish to comment further on business which is still under negotition.