HC Deb 14 July 1919 vol 118 cc24-5
49. Lieut.- Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Prime Minister whether the Supreme Economic Council is still in being; if not, what council or organisation will take its place, and who will be the British representatives thereon; is it intended to contine control of the world supplies of food and raw material; what countries, if any, are still blockaded and what is the object of such blockade; and will the House of Commons be given an early opportunity of discussing the policy of economic control?


asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that control sufficiently effective to secure reasonable prices of the necessaries of life can be secured only by international action, the Government will take steps to approach the Governments of America, Europe, and Asia for the purpose of securing such action?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative; the second part, therefore, does not arise. As regards the third part, it is considered desirable to continue in some form international co-operation in regard to economic matters, but the precise method has not yet been decided upon. Owing to the continuance of hostilities in Hungary the blockade of that country is still being maintained. As regards the last part of the question, I do not think such a discussion would be useful at present.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Can the right hon. Gentleman say who are the British representatives on the present council?


I could not give them without notice.

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