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Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if, following representations by Argentina's Economy Minister, he intends to pursue increased trade with the military régime in Argentina ; and if he will make a statement.

In common with the policy of previous Governments, and where compatible with our international obligations, I believe civil trade with other countries should be determined by commercial considerations and not by the character of the Governments concerned. It is my objective to increase our trade world wide.