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Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 22 March 1949

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the new trade negotiations with Japan; and what countries in the British Commonwealth are involved.


asked the President of the Board of Trade with what countries has Japan made trade agreements since the armistice, which are in force now; and with what countries trade agreements are being negotiated or contemplated.

In addition to the multilateral trade arrangement with Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom and its Colonies, General MacArthur has made trade arrangements with the Netherlands and Indonesia, Pakistan, Siam and Sweden. These are still in force. Trade arrangements with Belgium, Burma, Egypt, France and the French Union are understood to be under negotiation or awaiting ratification. Payments arrangements have also been made with the sterling area, and with China, the French Union, the Netherlands and Indonesia, Sweden, Siam, Uruguay and the U.S.S.R.