HC Deb 06 November 1968 vol 772 cc88-9W
52. Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will investigate the reasons for the 20 per cent. fall in the dollar value of United Kingdom exports to South Africa during the first eight months of 1968, notwithstanding devaluation, when the dollar value of German exports to South Africa rose by 9 per cent., and of Japanese exports to South Africa by 3 per cent., while the dollar value of United States, Italian and French exports to South Africa declined by 1 per cent., 3 per cent. and 6 per cent. respectively.

Mr. Crosland

The reason for the fall in dollar values, which was 17 per cent. for the first nine months of 1968, is of course mainly the devaluation of sterling in relation to the dollar, combined with some fall in the total of South African imports.

56. Mr. Wall

asked the President of the Board of Trade what are the reasons for the recent decline in Anglo-South African trade; and what steps he is taking to reverse this trend.

Mr. Crosland

The fall in our exports this year compared with 1967 is a reflection of lower South African total imports. We are doing everything open to us to encourage and assist exports to the South African market.

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