HC Deb 24 May 1968 vol 765 cc138-9W
Mr. John Lee

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many persons in his Department are concerned with the task of detecting violations of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade rules by foreign countries; what were the corresponding figures for 1951 and 1964; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Crosland

Scrutiny of the trading practices of other countries and of the ways in which such practices may affect the interests of this country is part of the daily work of all the divisions of my Department concerned with our external trade and commercial relations, as well as of H.M. Embassies and High Commissions overseas. The compatibility of such practices with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade is, of course, one of the matters taken into account.