HC Deb 23 February 1922 vol 150 cc2089-90
31. Mr. HURD

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to a resolution, unanimously adopted by the Executive Council of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in London, urging that, in view of the far-reaching scheme of economic co-operation unanimously agreed upon at the Imperial Conferences of 1917 and 1918, an Imperial Economic Conference should be summoned at an early date, in which the appropriate British and Overseas Ministers would take part, in order to work out this agreement in further detail and take means to execute it for the complementary development of the resources of the two countries and of the whole Empire on lines of mutual helpfulness; and whether His Majesty's Government will take steps to summon such a conference?


I have seen the resolution referred to, but unless there is a general desire on the part of the Overseas Governments to hold a conference on the lines suggested, I do not think that there would be any advantage in His Majesty's Government taking action at the present time. So far as I am aware, there is no indication of any such desire.


Would it not be possible to sound the Dominion Government to see whether there is a desire for such a conference being held?


I will consider that.