HC Deb 15 July 1965 vol 716 c97W
44. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the United States authorities' new policy of enabling American businessmen to exhibit industrial goods at Leipzig and for trade between the United States of America and the German Democratic Republic; and whether, in view of these changed circumstances, he will review Great Britain's trading position with the German Democratic Republic.

Mr. Redhead

The United States Administration has, I understand, decided to permit American firms to resume exhibiting at the Leipzig Fair, thus bringing its practice into line with that of other Western Governments. It remains the policy of the Governments of all the N.A.T.O. countries to refrain from giving official or semi-official support to the Leipzig Fair.

My right hon. Friend is keeping our trading position with East Germany under constant review so long as East German purchases from Britain remain substantially less than ours from them.