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Hungary (Trade)

Volume 480: debated on Monday 13 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what considerations of Government policy are preventing the import of turkeys for the Christmas market from Hungary which, last year, provided over one-fifth of our imported supplies; and what action he proposes to take to enable trade with this traditional source of the supply of small turkeys to be resumed.

His Majesty's Government have discontinued the purchase of Hungarian goods and the issue of licences for imports from Hungary since December, 1949, when the Hungarian Government refused to allow His Majesty's Consul at Budapest to visit Mr. Edgar Sanders, a British subject, who had been arbitrarily arrested and is now undergoing a sentence of 13 years' imprisonment. I regret that the Hungarian Government have hitherto taken no action in this matter such as would open the way for the resumption of trade.