§ 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.