HC Deb 23 March 1961 vol 637 c56W
32. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the letter dated 20th March from the hon. Member for West Ham, North, concerning trade with Eastern Germany; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Maudling

Yes. Like other countries in the N.A.T.O. Alliance, including the Federal German Government, Her Majesty's Government do not recognise the authorities in East Germany as a Government and, therefore, have no official relations with those authorities on trade matters.