HC Deb 25 October 1968 vol 770 cc409-10W
Mr. Whitaker

asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations the United States Government has made to Her Majesty's Government to prevent British firms selling computers to Eastern European countries; what is his estimate of the loss of exports due to this action; and whether he will propose to the members of COCOM that countries accepting such restrictions should receive compensation for the resultant loss of exports.

Mr. Benn

I have been asked to reply.

The strategic controls on exports to Eastern Europe apply to computers, among many other goods, and are agreed and operated internationally. It would not be appropriate for me to reveal the position adopted by individual countries.