§ Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what was the nature and extent of restrictions placed on Anglo-Soviet trade following the invasion of Afghanistan, other than the cessation of regular ministerial trade talks; and if any of these are still operative.
§ Mr. Parkinson
The House was informed by my right hon. Friend the Lord Privy Seal, on 24 January 1980—[Vol. 977, c. 658]—of the measures taken by the Government in respect of trade credit, tightening controls on the transfer of sensitive technology, and food exports. These measures remain in force. Discussions with Soviet representatives will take place as necessary to carry out the Government's policy that trade should be pursued on a basis of mutual advantage.