§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
There are no exceptions to the export of embargoed goods to the Sovietblocunless the circumstances are very special or only 18 trifling amounts are involved. The countries of the Sovietblocin which the embargo applies are the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Roumania and Albania and the Soviet Zone of Germany. Details of the COCOM exceptions procedures are confidential.
§ Mr. Lewis
Since the Government have declared themselves in favour of expanding trade with China and negotiations have been going on, has the attention of the Foreign Secretary been drawn to the statement that the American Government are anxious to tighten up trade with the Soviet Union and bring it in line with the exception clause relating to China trade? Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman give a categorical assurance that Her Majesty's Government will in no way support such a demand from the American Government?
§ Mr. Langford-Holt
Would my right hon. and learned Friend look at the list again? Should it not include Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, or do we recognise the Soviet annexation of those States?
§ Mr. Bevan
What is the use of trying to treat trade with China separately from the rest of the Sovietbloc? If we loosen up with China and the same goods are prohibited to the Soviet Union, there is no way of stopping them going to the Soviet Union. Is it not desirable to have a general loosening up of trade with the 19 Sovietbloc—not, of course, trade in arms, but general trade? Is it not a fact that this is the demand of British industry at the present time?