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Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 31 May 1949

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asked the President of the Board of Trade which other Departments were represented during the negotiations for the Indonesian trade agreement.

I assume the hon. Member is referring to the recent trade arrangement. All Departments interested were consulted before the negotiations began and were kept informed of their progress. Departments with a major interest, namely, the Board of Trade, the Treasury, the Ministry of Food and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, were represented continuously during the negotiations. The Foreign Office, Ministry of Supply and other Departments were represented when matters of interest to them were discussed.