§ 4. Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Minister of Technology if he will state the value of the exports for which his Department has sponsorship responsibilities within the strategic embargo list to countries of Eastern Europe, including the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; and whether he is satisfied that Great Britain's share of exports compares favourably with her competitors.
§ Mr. Cousins
I cannot give figures for exports of embargoed goods for which exceptionally licences are issued. But as regards the second part of the Question, there is no reason to doubt that British firms are getting their fair share.
It is the Government's policy to reduce the list as much as possible consistent with our own and our allies' strategic interests.
A review is currently in progress.