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Volume 976: debated on Wednesday 16 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement on the arrangements which he is making for the financing of British-Soviet trade after the credit arranged by the previous Government has been exhausted; and if the policy of Her Majesty's Government has been reviewed in the light of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

No decision has yet been taken about the arrangements for official support for British Soviet trade after the Anglo-Soviet credit agreement expires. This is one of the subjects that are being discussed with our Allies in the light of events in Afghanistan, in order to arrive at a common position.