M EMBERS of the Government never tire of reminding industry of
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the onus that it bears for increasing Britain's export trade and accelerating recovery. They are, however, less ready to admit their own responsibility in the matter and to take bold, practical steps to facilitate overseas trade. Possibly the present Government is no more remote from reality than the Administration which was in power when war began, but its achievements suffer by comparison with the bulk of its promises and claims. _
Not all Britain's misfortunes can be laid at the door of the Government, although the principal of a leading British concern, when asked how the Government could In the past, the Government has made agreements that do not take account of existing and potential markets for heavy British commercial vehicles, and is believed to be contemplating a repetition of this error.
American aid to Greece, Mr. H. W. Fulton, managing director of Albion Motors, Ltd., points out, has virtually caused a barrier to be placed against the import of the heavier British vehicle, although Athens has been served almost exclusively by buses made in this country. This treatment is likely to be received from other nations unless the Government awakens to its responsibilities in safeguarding the interests of British trade overseas and takes energetic measures to do so.