HC Deb 24 May 1962 vol 660 cc73-5W
Commander Courtney

asked the president of the President of the Trade whether, in view of the current trade negotiations

a percentage of total exports of these items.

Mr. Erroll

I have already been in touch with my hon. Friend who has agreed to accept figures for the year 1952 in place of 1950 for which year figures are not readily available. The following is the information.

with the Russian Government and the importance of the pottery industry to this country's export trade, he will press for the acceptance by the Russian authorities of an annual import quota of £25,000 to bring it into line with the present import quota for Russian pottery into this country.

Mr. Erroll

The current visit to London of representatives of the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Trade is for the Annual Review of the Five Year Trade Agreement of 1959. The purpose of this Review is to examine the general carrying out of the Agreement, and not to negotiate quotas for 1963, which will be the subject of separate discussions with the Soviet Trade Delegation in London later this year. I cannot accept that there should be equal quotas in each direction for particular classes of goods. The desire of the British pottery industry to export to Soviet Russia will, as always in the past, be kept in mind.

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