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East-West Trade

Volume 526: debated on Tuesday 6 April 1954

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asked the Prime Minister whether he will request the resignation of the President of the Board of Trade for failure to implement Her Majesty's Government policy of expanding East-West trade.

Does not the Prime Minister remember that on 25th February he forecast the immediate expansion of East-West trade, and that ever since the President of the Board of Trade has been saying it will take two or three months before even some of the most important restrictions can be removed from strategic goods which are sent to and fro between ourselves and Russia? Unless something more urgent is done about it, the Prime Minister's own policy will be frustrated.

No one has worked harder, more persistently and strenuously every day at the details which are involved in bringing about a greater expansion of East-West trade than my right hon. Friend. I can assure the House that he has been a fanatic in the matter.