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Arcos, Limited

Volume 236: debated on Monday 10 March 1930

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asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department if, in view of the fact that Arcos, Limited, has closed its export department and discharged its staff of 200 British employés, thereby cutting off the opportunities of doing export business with Russia unless firms have their agents in Moscow, he will indicate if the Department of Overseas Trade intend to take any steps in order to assist British firms who have no direct agents in Moscow to obtain Russian business?

I am not aware that Arcos, Limited, have closed their export department, and my information is that they have only discharged a very limited number of British subjects. In these circumstances, the second part of the question does not arise.