HC Deb 28 June 1965 vol 715 cc34-5W
Mr. Rose

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the balance of payments situation, he will initiate a Buy British campaign; and whether he will seek to direct the purchasing of agricultural and food produce towards those countries anxious to expand their imports of industrial products from the United Kingdom and, in particular, the Eastern European market.

Mr. Redhead

No. British goods compete on their merits both with imports and in export markets. The Government have initiated action on a number of fronts to help them to do so more effectively. I am, or course, aware that the opportunities afforded to our exporters in Eastern European countries are related to the level of their exports, including exports of agricultural products, to this market. This is taken fully into account in the regular trade discussions with these countries.

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