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Yugoslav Goods (Import Licences)

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1949

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the machinery by which import licences can be obtained by British firms wishing to import goods from Yugoslavia under Article 5 of the Anglo-Yugoslav Agreement.

Applications for import licences should be addressed to the Import Licensing Department, 189 Regent Street, London, W.1.

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether any special consideration will be given to a company known as the British South European Merchants Ltd. whose directors include' the hon. Member for Hornchurch (Mr. Bing), the hon. Member for Northern Cornwall (Mr. Horabin) and four Yugoslav civil servants?

In view of the political implications of trade of this nature, is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that there is sufficient control over such operations?

Does the hon. Gentleman's reply mean that a licensee in this country is perfectly free to deal with exporters in Yugoslavia without passing through any intermediary?