HC Deb 28 July 1982 vol 28 cc573-4W

There has been little change in this field. Difficult economic conditions in Eastern Europe have continued to hamper the development of trade relations with the West. Western commercial dealings in Poland have been disrupted by the imposition of martial law and by Poland's deteriorating economic situation. Western credits to Poland have been suspended in present circumstances and the resumption of the 1982 debt rescheduling negotiations has been held in abeyance.

Overall there has been no significant change in conditions for Western business men in Eastern Europe.

The Soviet Union has again failed to publish full statistics concerning its economic performance.