asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the quota under the Andes Agreement for the importation of motor cars into the Argentine; and to what extent such imports have in fact been made.
Exchange permits for the importation of 509 passenger motor cars from the United Kingdom were granted by the Argentine Central Bank under Article V (c) of the Andes Agreement. I am unable to say to what extent such imports have so far been made in respect of these particular permits, but 1,033 motor cars were exported from the United Kingdom to Argentina in 1948.
asked the President of the Board of Trade the value of exports sent to the Argentine under Schedule 2 of the Andes Agreement; what that figure represents to the total commitments entered into by His Majesty's Government under that schedule; and whether, in view of the default of the Argentine Government to implement their commitments, His Majesty's Government have considered it necessary to review their commitments.
Since the information is rather lengthy I will, with the hon. and gallant Member's permission, send him a list showing the actual exports by volume from the United Kingdom in 1948 of the items specified in Schedule 2 of the Andes Agreement. I regret that comparable figures by value are not available. From this he will see that the commitments entered into by His Majesty's Government have been fulfilled in most cases: the shortfall in the supply of any item has occurred only because orders or import licences have not been forthcoming from the Argentine. As regards the last part of the Question, His Majesty's Government's commitments to facilitate the supply of the essential commodities listed in the Agreement related to 1948 and were broadly implemented in that time: the suggestion of a review does not therefore arise.