HC Deb 07 May 1973 vol 856 cc4-5W
29. Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his recent official visit to the USSR.

Mr. Peter Walker

My visit to the Soviet Union was as leader of the United Kingdom delegation to the second meeting of the Anglo-Soviet Joint Commission. The delegation included my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry; my hon. Friend the Undersecretary of State for the Environment, and senior representatives of British industry.

Useful and constructive discussions were held at a high level, not only with the joint commission but with the Soviet Prime Minister and senior Soviet Ministers. I am confident that this visit to Moscow will lead to an improvement in our general relations with the Soviet Union and to increased opportunities for expanding trade in both directions.

I am placing in the Library a copy of the communique issued at the conclusion of the joint commission meetings.

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