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Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1949

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has considered details which have been sent to him concerning the importation of small fruits from Canada; and if he will facilitate the export of food machinery of British manufacture in exchange for the unsold surpluses which are accumulating in Canada.

I have considered the correspondence to which the hon. Member refers. I am afraid, however, that to link increased exports to Canada with purchases of what we cannot at present afford to buy would defeat the primary purpose of increasing exports which must be to bridge the gap between our present exchange resources and our existing purchase programme.